What to do when you’ve been dismissed?

Being dismissed is not the nicest feeling. However, it has happened to the best of us. Walt Disney was fired once for his “lack of imagination” and J.K Rowling was fired as a secretary because she “daydreamed too much”. It’s important for you to analyse what did not work and what you can improve but don’t sit on your dreams!

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill


J.K. Rowling’s example is quite inspiring. She was dismissed for something which ended up being her greatest asset. It simply did not serve her as a secretary. Sometimes you can find yourself underperforming in a job because you’ve not yet found out how to utilise your best talents.

How to begin a fresh start?:

1.     List what you liked and what you disliked in your previous job

2.     Identify what you think you’re the best at

3.     Think of something that you could not do but that you would love to do

4.     Update your CV with skills you learnt and the added value you brought

5.     Ask your manager or HR for a reference

6.     Get a manager/colleague to write a recommendation on LinkedIn

7.     Look forward

You have to be prepared to sell yourself with confidenceduring the next interview. Stay positive, don’t say bad things about your previous employer and focus on your strengths. Make sure to let the interviewer know what you learned from this past experience.

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