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Picking Up the Pieces: What to do After You've Lost Your Job

Steve Jobs. Mark Cuban. J.K. Rowling. Robert Redford. Oprah Winfrey. What do all of these public figures have in common? They’ve been fired. Chances are, you know someone who’s been fired too.

Just know that losing your job is not the end of the road. It’s okay to feel disappointed after a firing, as long as you don’t let the experience hinder your future progress. Your success will be determined by how you react to the situation.

First, you should organize your finances. Be prepared to make the necessary budget cuts to sustain yourself until the next opportunity. Next, determine how you can create income in between full-time employment. If you feel as though you may need a career change, this is the best time to make that commitment. Get in touch with your contacts. Networking will help you land that new position. Adjust your resumé, CV, and portfolio accordingly. Having up-to-date documentation is key. Stay positive and learn from your mistakes. Use this experience as an opportunity to land an even better job and you will succeed.

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