01Termination Checklist: Do This Right Now
When you’ve lost your job, it's important to check – right away – on compensation due, benefits, references, and unemployment. If you have been fired and haven't been informed about benefits, contact the Human Resources department at your former employer or your manager to request information on the status of your benefits. Follow this.
02What to Do in the Days, Weeks, and Months After You’re Fired
The day you get fired, your focus will waver between the immediate (“I just got fired. What do I do now?”) and the very long-term (“Is my career over?”). To keep from getting lost in the details or psyching yourself out, it helps to have a plan.
This – and what to focus on today, tomorrow, and so on.
03Top 10 Things Not to Say (or Do) If You're Fired
We’ve all seen it in movies: the hero gets fired from his job, makes a big scene that either embarrasses his evil boss or sets the hero up for eventual redemption, and then stomps out of the office, accompanied by stirring music. That makes for great drama, but if you try to replicate it in real life, you’ll notice that it’s a lot less satisfying without the soundtrack and flattering lights.
Bottom line, there’s a right way to behave after getting fired – and , lest you make a bad situation worse. Avoid these common mistakes.
04Does My Employer Have to Provide Notice of Termination?
Short answer: probably not. When an employee is terminated or laid-off, there are no federal regulations requiring employers to give advance notice to the employee unless the employee is covered by an individual contract with their employer, a union/collective bargaining agreement, or the WARN Act. If you’re like the majority of workers, these probably don’t apply to you – in which case, .
05Were You Fired for Cause? Find Out
When an employee is , they are fired from their job , for example, being chronically late, stealing, spending too much on social media, or having a bad attitude. It’s important to figure out whether you were fired for cause – as opposed to being laid off – because it . Here's how to handle being terminated for cause.
Don’t assume that being fired means that you’re ineligible for . Depending on the circumstances, you could still qualify. The exception is if you were fired for misconduct, but you can always apply because your perception of your may be different than your employer's.
07What Is Wrongful Termination?
happens when an employee is discharged from employment for illegal reasons or if company policy is violated when the employee is fired. If you were wrongly terminated, you. Here's how to tell if you were wrongfully terminated – and what you can do about it.
08Employee Rights When Your Job Is Terminated
Regardless of how you were terminated, it’s . Depending on which state you live in, whether you’re working under a contract or as an at-will employee, and how the employer typically handles terminations, your rights will vary. Here’s how to find out what you’re entitled to.
09How to Answer the Interview Question, “Why Were You Fired?”
Getting fired isn’t the end of the world, even if it feels like it on the day you receive your termination. Handled correctly, it can be a minor bump in the road of your career. Here’s honestly and positively, so that you can move on to your next adventure.
10Job Termination Questions and Answers
Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions about , including , when you have been terminated, , , saying goodbye to co-workers and more.
What to Do When You're Fired
What You Need to Know If You're Terminated
Steve Jobs. J.K. Rowling. Walt Disney. Oprah. What do all these famous people have in common? . If you’re currently staring at your own pink slip – or anticipating one in the near future – you can take a tiny bit of comfort in knowing that you’re in illustrious company. But to set yourself up for a second act that’s as impressive as theirs, you need to do a little preparation. And that means taking a deep breath, getting yourself together, and looking at your situation.
If you’re like most people, you have a lot of questions. Are you eligible for ? Can you appeal? What happens if you have been wrongfully discharged? What do you say in your cover letters and in job interviews?
Here's what you need to know about your employee rights, your financial options, and your best path forward, when you are fired or otherwise terminated from employment.