Sometimes you see that shit coming, and sometimes you’re standing there with your mouth open.
Getting fired and/or laid off is no fun, but everyone goes through it at least once or twice at some point during his or her career.Unfortunately I’ve had the great honor of experience in both situations; as well as experience with walking out of a job. These aren’t fun experiences, but I’ve learned so much that I feel like I can sprinkle a little wisdom upon your life.
What I’ve learned from quitting, getting fired, and being laid off from my job…
1. Never put your eggs in one basket. This is important to remember when your current job is not necessarily your career. Many times in life we find ourselves stagnant in our jobs, we get comfortable and soon we’re not even thinking forward anymore. You should always keep in mind what your end goal is in every endeavor, especially when it comes to your livelihood.
2. You are just a number. Most companies will tell you how important you are, but when it comes to dollars and cents, you are replaceable. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that your job needs you more than you need your job. You’ll be wrong every time.
3. Always have some money saved. This being life and all, you have to always be prepared for the unexpected. Think to yourself, if I get fired today, how much money do I have saved up? If this answer is little to no money at all, start doing something about it now before it’s too late.
4. Have your circle ready for anything. I spoke before about what it means to have a good support system. You’re going to need the best support system to keep your spirits up float in these difficult times. Depression is a very serious thing, and in my own experience it often follows after the loss of a job. Having good family and friends around you can be just what you need to keep going.
5. Never get too comfortable with coworkers. It’s always nice to have it work buddy, I get it. Do yourself a favor and keep your work conversations with your coworkers squeaky clean and work friendly. Spicy conversations between coworkers, whether it’s gossiping, or sharing personal stories is never worth the backlash, and the possible loss of your job. These are not your friends, and many times they are your competition. Don’t give anyone the power to put you in a compromising position in your workplace.
6. Always have a witness. When things are getting sticky in the workplace, exchanging words with your bosses can be tricky. Words said between two people behind closed doors can not be verified unless there is a third party involved. Protect yourself. If you feel like you are going to get into trouble, grab a coworker and never go alone.
7. You deserve better. While companies are doing their best to make you feel like crap, just remember your worth. At the end of the day you don’t have to take shit from anyone. You can always do better, and at the end of the day it’s up to you to decide and encourage yourself to do better.
So let’s get out there and get fired! OK, so maybe you don’t have to take it that far; but if things unexpectedly take a turn for the worst, remember this: No one can take away what the universe has in store for you, and no one can take away your magic.