Surviving "You're fired!"
What to do when you are fired or laid off : a complete guide to the benefits and legal rights you need to know to get back on your feet
by PK Fontana.
Ocala, Fla. : Atlantic Pub. Group, c2009.
As of August 2009, more than six million jobs have been lost, spiking the unemployment rate to 9.7 percent - numbers the United States has not seen since the 1930s. These numbers are due to firings or layoffs from companies downsizing, restructuring, or merging. Even though the economy is showing slight signs of recovery, the job market is bleaker than ever, having many people worried about what to do if they fired or laid off.
Surviving a layoff : a week-by-week guide to getting your life back together
Lita Epstein.
Avon, Mass. : Adams Media, 2009.
Being laid off is a traumatic event. You have to make decisions about reorganizing your life and your finances while grappling with the emotional grief of losing your job.
In justice : inside the scandal that rocked the Bush administration
David Iglesias ; with Davin Seay.
Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley & Sons, c2008.
On December 7th, 2006, David Iglesias, then serving as a US Attorney, was informed over the phone by the director of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys that his resignation was required by the end of the following month and that the demand "came from on high." This was Iglesias's first experience with what was to emerge as one of the more significant scandals of the George W. Bush administration, the mass firing of seven US Attorneys in a manner that strongly suggested attempts to politicize the US Justice Department. Working with a co-author, Iglesias here recounts his understanding of the scandal and describes how he and the other US Attorneys pieced together the motives for their group dismissal and how they responded as the scandal emerged onto the news broadcasts and into congressional hearings. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Employment law : the workplace rights of employees and employers
Benjamin Wolkinson and the MSU Employment Law Group.
Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2008.
Employment Law familiarizes the reader with the basics of employment law. It is oriented towards both students taking a course in employment law and human resource professionals whose personnel decisions have immediate legal ramifications. This book examines the relevant statutes, judicial decisions, executive orders, and administrative policies that shape the respective rights of managers and workers at the workplace. It goes well beyond simply stating what is legal and what is illegal, but also provides the student and the professional with the basis for evaluating the legal consequences and efficacy of a firm's human resource policies.

"It's what we do after being fired that defines who we are and shows others what we're truly made of."

(author Harvey Mackay)

If you have been fired, you are not alone. That may not give you much comfort. What you really want is to be among those, who after getting fired, quickly get hired for a better job.

The first twenty-four hours after your dismissal are crucial. Focus on yourself. Take time to do something that gives you satisfaction that your previous job did not allow. It's ok to feel sorry for yourself, afraid, or angry, but keep your emotions in check. Don't make mistakes in communication with others that might hinder their role as future references. Believe in yourself and your abilities. There is a good match out there waiting for you.

If you're fired

Do ask the reason
Do think before signing papers
Don't go out with bang
Don't lie
Don't bash the employer
Do move on

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Be truthful with yourself about your termination. If you were terminated for a just cause, decide how you will improve your skills or attitude. If you believe you were unfairly terminated, check with the state unemployment office or employment attorneys about possible benefits, severance packages and other legal recourse.

When you begin to look for your next job, consider how you will handle questions about your dismissal. There is no need to discuss the specifics in resumes and cover letters, but be prepared with positive, honest answers for applications or interviews, Before an interview practice answers to questions about your dismissal so you can handle them without hesitation. Leave anger against your former boss or organization outside the interview room. You want to convince a possible new employer that you are ready for a fresh start.

Getting fired is seldom pleasant. But handled right, it can give you the opportunity to decide the next direction of your career. Remember, "it is not the bounce that counts, it's the bounce back."

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff