How do I rebound from being fired?
December 26, 2011 7:43 PM Subscribe
I was just fired from my job because I didn't meet performance expectations. It's a terrible feeling. How can I best learn from this experience and attack the future?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (19 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
Until last week, I had a job at a fast-paced media company. On the day of reckoning, I was told that I'm a good writer with powerful ideas, but I don't work fast enough.
A few details:
--I'm a late-20s female living in NYC. I have a solid resume with other "brand name" companies on it.
--It's true, I wasn't fast enough! Oh dear. I held my own for months, but I got behind in the four weeks leading up to my firing and it snowballed something fierce.
--I've learned a lot from this experience. Especially not to let communication break down with a boss. My boss was difficult to work with -- for instance, she talked negatively about other employees behind their back, which created an uncomfortable work environment. BUT it was still my responsibility to try to sort things out with her, regardless of how intimidated I felt.
So. What now? I feel like crap, obviously. Many people get laid off -- few get fired! (It's kind of like, "Who DOES that?") But dwelling on this feeling isn't constructive.
Have you ever been in a situation like this? How did you keep your head up? If you were me, how would you go about getting a new job? What would your plan of attack be? Thanks in advance for any advice, encouragement or tough love. It's *very* much appreciated. Throwaway email: firstname.lastname@example.org