I was informed last week that I have until the 30th of July. I invested 13 years of great work for this  company. I believe that there are financial and personal reasons of my boss for letting me go. I am serene and confident, some times I feel a lot of anger towards my former boss. I don´t want to waist my time. Do you have any recommendations that are practical an convenient for this time. 

Roberto Martinez


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It's difficult to be fired.  Someone said, "Your career doesn't begin when you're first hired;  your career begins when you're first fired."  

Many of us here have been through it.  Don't act on your anger.  There are several podcasts that have good advice on where you go from here.  Bottom line: work with your network, have your resume up to date.

and the interviewing series, which is invaluable.  


There was a recent thread regarding job loss: 

and this older one is particularly interesting: 

John Hack

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Be grateful they're giving you 30 days. They could've just said grab your stuff and leave now. It sounds like they're treating you with some dignity. You may never know "real" reason why you're getting fired.

Don't say anything bad about anyone.

Just express gratitude for the opportunity to serve the company.

Complain and lick your wounds with people you totally trust, family and friends.

Print out your contacts, now! They may cut your access sooner than 30 days.

Update your resume

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Roberto, having gone through something similar last year, I'd echo all the good comments above.

Don't say anything bad about anyone.....I took the high road when I left (on advise from M-T), and it worked out for the better at my new employer as well as at my old one.  It's amazing how small professional circles are, and if I'd gone off the deep end when I left, word travels fast.  After that, everything else is probably secondary.

I"d start calling the contacts in your network, letting them know you're changing employers.  If you've got some recruiters in your network, I'd call them too.  My own experience has been that the first 4-6 phone calls were tougher to make, but after I got myself into a bit of a rhythm ("Hey Bob.....yes, I'm leaving the organization.....I don't have any concrete opportunities in hand, but  I'm looking for the right match for my skills"), it got easier.  It was surprising how many people in my network were willing to help with the transition.






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I had a similar experience last summer... after 13yrs with a company, I moved to a project that was in great danger of failing, with expectations that I could rescue the project. I was too late, the ship sunk, and I was let go.

I reviewed all of the related M-T podcasts and started having (instead of my normal weekly) daily lunches with members of my professional network. I ended up taking a less than desirable position (out of necessity), but received a call three months after that with an offer that was a perfect opportunity. I never would have guessed that the layoff was a blessing in disguise, but it was and I'm much happier in my new position. AND, I now interface with the same individuals from the company that let me go.

So, stay positive and don't burn any bridges (and since you're on M-T, I suspect you already know that). Tap into your network... the really good opportunities seem to come from "who" you know, rather than "what" you know.

Best wishes!