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Leaving Gracefully After Being Fired
6 February 2001 - Your last five minutes in a job can be as crucial to your career as the first five minutes of the interview that got you there, according to Mary Mitchell, president of The Mitchell Organization, a Philadelphia-based training firm for business etiquette, protocol and interpersonal skills.
"Being let go, fired or laid off in this volatile job market can play havoc with your self-esteem," Mitchell advises. "The challenge is how to leave behind an overall positive impression. You need to cut your losses, protect your reputation and be ready to move on."
We quote Mary Mitchell's eight tips on how to salvage a bad situation:
1. File an unemployment claim immediately. It will give you a cushion as you regroup.
2. Get some psychological distance. Use the free time to restore balance to your thinking and behavior. Spend a day doing something that gives you a sense of satisfaction, something the job never allowed time for.
3. Time spent with children can be particularly restorative. If you don't have children, baby sit for a friend or help out in a community nursery.
8. Write to your allies who have helped you along the way. Thank them for their support. Doing so in writing creates a win-win situation by making the recipient feel special and important. Those attributes then will reflect on you and when job-hunting, who you know Makes all the difference.
"Most of all, know that you will get through this," Mitchell said. "Take it a step at a time. Breathe."
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