Table of Contents
Section One – You’re Fired, Now What?
Chapter 1 – Welcome to the Club
Chapter 2 – Silence is Golden
Chapter 3 – 72 Critical Hours
Section Two – Housekeeping Issues
Chapter 4 – Severance Packages
Chapter 5 – Human Relations Issues
Chapter 6 – Filing for Unemployment
Chapter 7 – Financial Planning
Section Three – Finding your Passion & Job Prep
Chapter 8 – Establish a New Routine
Chapter 9 – Finding a job you LOVE
Chapter 10 – Resumes & Cover Letters
Section Four - Your Job Search
Chapter 11 - Finding Available Jobs
Chapter 12 – LinkedIn
Chapter 13 – The Waiting Game
Chapter 14 – Interviewing
Chapter 15 – Epilogue
Welcome to the Club
“What are people going to do? Fire me? I’ve been fired before.
Not book me? I’ve been out of work before. I don’t care.”
As I mentioned in the preface, I have literally feared being fired for my entire twenty-five year career. I suppose ultimately my fear stemmed from the loss in control of my own destiny. But I have to say that once it actually happened and I heard those dreaded words, my emotions were not what I anticipated. Yes, initially there was embarrassment and fear, but more than anything else, I felt an immense relief, freedom and thankfulness that my problems were really so simple. You see, almost at the exact same time I heard the words, “you’re fired,” a dear friend in her 50’s suffered a brain aneurysm. Talk about putting my unexpected journey in perspective! While she continued to fight for her life, I was just simply dealing with the fact that I no longer had a job. And while being unemployed wasn’t in my plans, I quickly learned that the sun still rose and set, and most importantly my family still loved and respected me. I certainly don’t want to minimize the seriousness of it, but rather to help you put it in perspective. You haven’t been diagnosed with cancer – you were simply fired.
And while it may not feel like it, you are not the first, nor the last, person that will ever hear those dreaded words. In actuality, you are the newest member of a club of sorts. As you will quickly learn talking to others that were fired, we help each other. Sometimes that help is advice or a networking introduction, but often it takes the form of encouragement. You see fellow club members serve as a great reminder that you can actually benefit from this experience. From the long and impressive list of those who have been fired before us, I would like to officially nominate the following folks for our club officers.
In my mind, Walt Disney should be our club president. Did you know that he was fired because he lacked creativity? He could have decided that his old boss was right and totally changed his career direction. But instead, he invested in another company called Laugh O Gram. And it later went bankrupt. He could have easily played the victim after two strikes, but obviously he didn’t. He controlled his life and ultimately found phenomenal success by believing in both his heart and his abilities.
For our Vice President, I like…………………..
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After more than two decades of coaching and informal writing, Kathi Miller-Miller entered the formal literary world with her first work, “Your Journey from Fired to Hired,” published by Freisen Press in 2014. She also publishes content on her thought-provoking blog entitled, “Food for Thought-Musings on Work, Life and Living.” The experiences for her writing are derived from her extensive career in marketing, training, management, coaching, employee recruitment, new business development and business strategy. Her passion for the art of spoken and written communication has been one of the foundational pillars of her 25 year career.
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