In April of 2019, I was let go from my job at one of the largest banks in the world. I worked there for 3 years and 6 days before I was let go. I hated my job. I always joked about being fired but I never thought it would actually happen. Why? Because I was damn good at my job. I was relied on for so much in the department and I was always meeting our monthly goals. I made a mistake and two weeks later, I was out.
I had several part-time jobs before, but I had never been fired before. Even though I was more than fine with never going back to that place I was definitely heartbroken. I cried. My stuff was packed before I knew it and I was walked to the security gates. It was awful. Then, I felt free.
However, I was now out of a job and had no backups.
Nearly four months of being unemployed and I finally got a job just to pay the bills. I was denied unemployment so I couldn’t even collect on that. I have a Communication degree, specializing in social media and digital marketing. I only have internship experience. The corporate job I was fired from had nothing to do with my degree. Getting a job in my field feels impossible. Especially since every job is “entry-level” asking for 3 years of experience.
Here are some tips while you’re unemployed:
- Wallow in self-pity: Even if you hated your job, it’s ok to cry about being let go. I felt like a failure. I spent the first week pouting in my bed and not doing anything. That’s just fine. It’s a huge blow, but you’ll eventually get over it.
- Know your options: Are you able to apply for unemployment? Apply online and find out. It’s free and they’re very quick to respond. Did you have a 401k and pension at your job? You very likely can withdraw your 401k immediately and your pension 90 days after your last day (apply for withdrawal for both on the same day so your pension comes at that 3-month mark).
- Update your LinkedIn: There’s an option on LinkedIn to let recruiters know you’re available and willing to be reached out to. Make sure all your skills and experience sections are updated. There are also job alerts you can sign up for in your area. (Be aware of scams!!! If you haven’t heard of the company, just Google it and find some reviews.)
- Sign up for multiple job posting sites: I say this because some businesses post on one site while others post on another. Most of the businesses are the same across the sites but you might find a company you weren’t aware of before. You also can sign up, add your resume, and “quick apply” with some of the jobs to make it easier.
- Reach out to people you know: Someone you know is high up at a company or in the right department to help. Have family members reach out to someone they know to see if they can help or know someone. I realize not everyone has this luxury, but if you can, try it! My mom and I know a lot of people in important positions but it didn’t help me. It didn’t hurt to try though.
- Work on certifications: If you’re looking for a more specific job type and these jobs ask for a certain skill, see if you can get a certificate in it to add to your LinkedIn and resume! You can get certified in a lot more than you realize (Google Analytics, SAS, Hootsuite, etc.). Just Google your skill and “certification” and you might be surprised. Plus, it’ll improve your skill and make you more prepared.
- Finally, don’t give up: You’re going to get 100 nos before 1 yes. You won’t get interviews on every job. You’ll get rejected without an interview and with one. While unemployment is low, it’s still hard to get a job. Keep submitting resumes and keep going. Something will come your way.
You’re not the only one to be fired. You’re not the first and you won’t be the last. It’s ok to feel bad or hurt but remember you have to get yourself together and get back out there. The perfect job is waiting for you.
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