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How to Be Dignified in Job Loss

Getting fired is as common a process as getting hired. On account of the recession, it has overtaken the hiring process. It is time people start ...

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Be Dignified in Job Loss

Getting fired is as common a process as getting hired. On account of the recession, it has overtaken the hiring process. It is time people start accepting it as an investable part of the career and not take it as an indication of their performance or lack of it. Declining top lines, reclining bottom lines, impossible optimization ratios, have left management with no options except to work for their survival by firing the staff to reduce the costs.

In such circumstances it is imperative for the people to accept the reality, and work towards a smooth job transition. Every person has a career objective and a job is the medium through which one can progress towards the fulfillment of the objective. One job cannot take you to your career destination. In that case does it matter if it takes you few more jobs to reach destination. Some times having a job becomes more important than career fulfillment. Grocery & utility bills keep knocking at your doors in spite of your job & financial position.

Getting your next job depends on how gracefully you exit your previous job.

If job loss is death, try to die with dignity (career-wise), because you will be resuscitated and rehabilitated faster if you do.

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    Leave the door open. Speak about the positives in relation to what you have contributed and what you have received in return from the employer. Your public statements should reflect a feeling that you always had company’s interest in mind while working or taking decisions. Discuss about good times only. Cut out statements about unfair treatment and other things.
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    Counter false accusations. It happens very rarely, but it does happen. Organizations sometimes spread false stories about the fired employees to justify their actions. If you are a victim of this, respond immediately with the correct version of the events. Be bold and loud about it. Silence from your side will give credence to the falsehood spoken by them. A delayed response will also not have the same impact as the immediate one as by then the people would have believed the version of your ex-employer.
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    Highlight your latest accomplishments. You should speak about your latest accomplishments in your previous job. This will suppress any stories coming out about your failures from the management.
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    Admit your mistakes and learn from them. Be honest about your mistakes and create an impression that you have learned from them.
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    Don’t burn your bridges. The world is small. The chairman of your previous organization and the chairman of the future organization could be part of same governing body or board in some organization or charity. There is a possibility that the chairman or director of your previous company could be associated with your future employer. Avoid previous employer bashing.

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