Good News You Have A Job Interview Coming Up! Bad News You Were Fired From Your Last Job

Good News You Have A Job Interview Coming Up! Bad News You Were Fired From Your Last Job

The bad

You went through a rough patch last year. Your dad was sick and you ended up missing a lot of work because you had to help take care of him. You were worried and distracted. Things fell through the cracks at work. You made mistakes you would never make under normal circumstances. Rather than being understanding or sympathetic your boss was impatient and annoyed. Eventually you got the sack.

 

The good

All of that is in the past now. You took an online time management course. You won’t go off track again in the future. Your dad is better and you are mentally and physically recharged and ready to get your career back on track.

 

The great and the not so great

You’ve lined up a job interview at a place you where you’d be super excited to work. Your experience lines up perfectly with the job description and the company culture is exactly what you’re looking for. If you were never fired you’d be a shoe in. As it is, you’re not exactly sure how it will pan out. You know the question about previous employment is going to come up. What do you say?

 

Be clear and honest

Explain exactly what happened, quickly and succinctly. Don’t go into long explanations or create excuses or start blaming anyone. My dad was sick last year. I lost my focus and I was let go. Take ownership of what you did or didn’t do then move on to what you learned from it and the steps you’ve taken to ensure nothing like that will happen again.

 

Be confident and positive. Wow them with your all the things you bring to the table and exactly why having you as part of their team is going to strengthen the team in so many ways.

 

Our past does not define us. We are defined by what we do afterwards and going forward. There are actually a few upsides to being fired. Being fired helps put things into perspective. It makes you reassess what you’re doing and your motivation for doing it.

 

It brings hard questions you didn’t want to face to the forefront. Was that the right job for you? Do you need an attitude adjustment? What exactly do you want from life?

 

Answering those questions can put you on a whole new path. Often a much better one. And that’s the perspective/attitude you bring with you into the next interview!

The Upside of Being Unemployed

The Upside of Being Unemployed

 

No one wants to be unemployed, but most of us get stuck in unemployed land for a while. As much as you may not want to be there, there are ways to make the most of your time.

 

Appreciate the free time

Instead of moaning about having nothing to do, appreciate the time you have. Remember, once you get back into the working world, free time will be a lost friend you only ever see on weekends.

 

Work on backburner projects

Have you always said you want to write a book or some poems? Did you want to learn to play a musical instrument? Explore the bike trails in your neighborhood?

 

We’re not saying to abandon your job search. We are saying that won’t take up ALL of your time, so use what’s left to do the things you’ve always wanted to do!

 

Stay social

When you’re unemployed and out of school, being social isn’t quite as easy as it is when you have a reason to see people every day. Since you’re not seeing them at class or at work, you need to actually organize times to get together with people.

 

Do not put this on the backburner or skip it! If you’re alone too long you might find yourself getting depressed for no reason.

 

Make friends with your local librarian

You know what else being unemployed is good for? Learning.  While you have the time, get yourself to your local library and make a point of learning about things you’ve always wanted to know about. You can pick up some pretty handy skills from books – maybe something that will help you at your next job interview!

 

Stay positive

Remember not having a job can be kind of exciting! You get to look for something new. Soon you’ll meet new people and get to learn new things. Don’t get bogged down bythe uncertainty – get excited by it!