My first job out of university, I was let go… just after a raise and before the one year mark.
I honestly never thought I would be fired in my life. Immediately I felt relieved…I don’t think that is supposed to be your reaction.
But afterwards the stigma attached to this circumstance hit me.
Is this going to affect my future?
I knew I had what it takes to be successful, but would someone take a chance with me now?!
Don’t Dwell- Get Going!
Instead of dwelling on all the uncertainty faced before me, I put it in my rear-view mirror and looked forward to the future.
Whatever my feelings were about the company and the circumstance i was in… were irrelevant now- they weren’t going to change what happened.
I updated my resume, and dived head first into my job search. Spending most of every day on it- essentially treating it as my new job.
Take Advice where you can get it!
During my first job interview- my interviewer gave me some advice:
1. Ditch the cover letter- most interviewers don’t read it anyway
2. Use the achievement style resume – Information on achievement style resume
Obviously i did not get this job- but he did give me some valuable advice.
And the results were amazing.
The amount of callbacks for my resume increased substantially, and it landed me a job offer two weeks after I changed my resume!
Obviously I also took the time to send a thank you email for his advice.
It’s not the end of the world
Of course during interviews the question came up: “What was the reasoning for leaving your last employment?”
Don’t lie- it will just come back to bite you in the end.
Turn the conversation back to the future and the possible position.
Example: “Although my last job wasn’t the right fit; This job is a perfect fit for the following reasons…”
Don’t complain about or slander your last company- it is only making you look bad.
Instead a company would prefer to hear that you learned from the experience.
When One Door Closes, Another Door Opens!
I learned a great deal from my first employment. Although i was let go, it was definitely the reason why I got the job i was offered.
I gained so much more confidence in myself from the experience I gathered there.
I know I can handle anything a job can throw at me.
I am appreciative to my past- but Elated and Excited for the future at my new job!