How to Get a Job after Being Fired or Laid Off

Getting fired, downsizing, and layoffs happen unexpectedly and come with great shock. You need to figure out a plan on how to live and clear your bills after that.

One helpful thing is the apply-now-and-think-later approach, as it makes your search longer. It is because it is strategic; it leans on your networks, and referrals can expedite the process a lot.

Getting fired can get you out of that cocoon to greater heights. Some famous people who ever got fired are Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, and Oprah Winfrey.


We are, of course, not advising you to get fired. Considering that being fired after doing something wrong can taint your reputation and narrow your chances of being hired elsewhere. Consider resigning if you are not happy with your current working situation.

If you ever get caught up unexpectedly by such events, here are some tips that will get you on track successfully:

Step 1: Sometimes, you get fired even without a mistake.

Mostly, a department gets laid off because of specific reasons, and you get caught in that. If you love your job, look for opportunities in other companies.

Some other times, you might evaluate and realize that the job is not your best fit. That reflects in consistent declining performance.

Step 2: Handle it like a professional


Even if you get fired or laid off, ensure you receive and professionally react to the news despite that being a shock to you.

If you are fired or laid off without a mistake, your old company’s manager can help reference you for a new position elsewhere. Collect feedback about your performance before leaving to identify your areas of weakness to be improved.

Step 3: Collect your final paycheck

Before leaving, consult your HR to confirm how much the company owes you and how to receive it. Check on issues like sick leave, accrued vacation, overtime, and back pay. Some employers pay timely, while others lag in paying.

Step 4: Choose your words carefully

choose your words

After accepting and moving on, the next hard part is the post-firing job search. Be careful about how you frame your firing circumstance. Don‘t leave it out, and don’t lie about it, either.

Use phrases like “different working philosophies” or “differences of opinions.”

Never speak ill of your previous employer.

Step 5: Update your CV or resume

Update your CV and ensure you demonstrate all your talents and brands. Don’t send it to your contacts and make changes while they already have the document. Be expressive to show a dream role and request a chance to show your creativity.

Step 6: Optimize your LinkedIn profile


Upon preparing your resume, don’t just copy and paste it on LinkedIn. Make your resume attractive, and add keywords to pop up in the recruiter’s top search results.

If you left your old company on good terms, add a recommendation to improve the profile you are creating.

Step 7: Finding a new job

There are many ways of getting a job. Consider networking, and reach out to existing personnel and professionals to inquire if they know of any opening opportunities. Speak to people you know, and attend events and conferences to get contacts of companies you are interested in.

People in your contacts are more likely to lend a hand.


One must never despair upon a misfortune like getting fired or being laid off. Many people face that in their career paths. Displaying professionalism at hard times will bring more excellent opportunities to your doorstep.

Just put together a good resume and have a positive attitude, and see how good things will come your way.

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