Tips on bouncing back after being fired
June 2, 2011 10:06 AM Subscribe
What can I do to bounce back after being fired?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (20 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
Last December, the company I had worked at for many years essentially shut its doors due to money issues. In January, after only a few weeks of looking, I managed to find a very high paying position in my field that offered benefits... beyond rare. I worked there until two weeks ago, when I was let go with no notice or severance. They said they are outsourcing my division to another company, but I am pretty sure I am the only one that was let go. I was fired before people that were hired after me. I guess it doesn't matter either way.
I have never been fired like this, and, man, it's really hard to handle. I worked hard at this job. I enjoyed not having to worry about money for the first time in my life, and I looked forward to working there at least to the end of the year (despite the culture not being a great match for me.) Now I am coping with being fired after only a few months.
I applied for unemployment, and I think I will have insurance through other means, but I have some serious cash flow problems and I am just super depressed. I know a lot of the depression is just pride fucking with me, but I just feel so hopeless about finding another job. I work in a very competitive field and this job was basically a one in a million position. I just feel like I lost a lot of my confidence. I know this is something a lot of people go through. I am know what I am feeling is not unique, but it's unique to me as I somehow managed to make it to my mid-30s without being fired. But here I am now, in my mid-30s still scrounging for dollars hoping to make it through the month. I thought I had reached a bit of a plateau, but I am find myself in a deeper ravine than before.
I was hoping some of you out there might have some advice for me. I am not so much interested in advice on how to land a job, but more about how I can regain my confidence and bounce back after this huge disappointment.
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Thanks for any advice.