What would you say to a recently terminated/fired employee? What is the MAIN AD

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  1. gmwilliams profile image84
    gmwilliamsposted 8 years ago

    What would you say to a recently terminated/fired employee?  What is the MAIN ADVICE you would give

    to him/her?  Be factual in your response.


  2. Sakshi Davessar profile image60
    Sakshi Davessarposted 8 years ago

    I would advice you to first calm yourself and keep up the faith that you can surely fetch another job. If you will lose all your hope that can end your career. Ask some of your friends who might be working somewhere else to recommend you in their company or try to get a new job by meeting employers and defining them the real reason about your previous job. Hope everything gets well soon.

  3. gmwilliams profile image84
    gmwilliamsposted 8 years ago


    I would tell a terminated/fired employee that h/she has a LONG, UPHILL , being lucky if h/she will ever be employed again.  First of all, h/she is considered damaged goods by any prospective employer.  Employers want employees who have stellar, impeccable, & UNBLEMISHED work records.   Employers DON'T want prospective employees who have been terminated/fired as the latter is considered blemished.  They are also considered to be problematic & no employer wants a problematic employee as h/she is considered a liability.   In their eyes being terminated/fired is equated to being a minus in their corporation/company.

    Also, being terminated/fired is viewed as a stigma.  This stigma is going to be the proverbial black cloud following a terminated/fired employee.  No employer wants to have anything to do w/a terminated/fired employee.  They also view such an employee as the ultimate failure.  They know that this employee is lacking for if h/she was not lacking, h/she would not have been terminated/fired.  If they hire such an employee, they would be taking quite a gamble & they do not want to take such a gamble with negative odds stacked high. 

    Terminated/fired employees do not become successful.  They have to take whatever is dished out to them.  They have sealed their fate regarding future jobs & careers.  Terminated/fired employees oftentimes have to take jobs far below their educational & intellectual potential because they are viewed negatively by prospective employers.   That is a fact of life which terminated/fired employees MUST accept.  They really have sealed their doom career wise.  The thought that people who are terminated/fired get better jobs is a myth.  They get WORSE jobs!  They are/will be in a proverbial hell which they cannot leave.

    1. dashingscorpio profile image81
      dashingscorpioposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      "Terminated/fired employees do not become successful. They have to take whatever is dished out to them. They have sealed their fate regarding future jobs & careers." - WOW!
      Are you saying a 35 year old who gets fired is doomed?
      Cut your wrist?

    2. gmwilliams profile image84
      gmwilliamsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Not usually.  Being fired carries a STIGMA.  Prospective employers view a fired person as problematic & a liability.  No employers want THAT kind of employee.

  4. Tusitala Tom profile image66
    Tusitala Tomposted 8 years ago

    There are several ways you can look at this.  The first is often a reaction of fear: how am I going to manage now?   We're then apt to dwell on this, worry, and certainly not make things better for ourselves.
      Another is to say, well, it'll be hard going but I'll eventually find another job.  Better get to work on it.    And still another - and perhaps the best if we can rise to it -  Now comes a new chapter in my life.  I don't know what it will lead to yet but something has pushed me towards taking on something different.   I will keep an open mind on it.   Something bigger than the usual me is operating here.  I'll stay alert, 'go with the prompts' and take the risks.   Maybe it won't immediately result in something better than I just left behind me, but eventually it will be.

  5. dashingscorpio profile image81
    dashingscorpioposted 8 years ago


    The first thing I would say is: "It's not the end of the world."
    Take some time to grieve your loss and then decide what it is you really want to do. Sometimes getting fired is the exact impetus it takes to get someone to leave a job they were never really happy with.
    Ask yourself: If on some level you quit before you were fired.
    If your former employer was a large company most HR department's common policy is to only tell prospective employers your date of hire and when you left the company. Very few large companies give out details regarding the reasons why you're no longer there.
    You can tell all prospective employers you had saved some money and decided to resign in order to seek a different type of a position rather than put in a "half-hearted effort" at for your former employer.
    Naturally you would list only references who would give you a glowing report. Another common tactic is to say your former company had a round of layoffs. Never state you were fired on any job application!
    Only the rich and famous can get away with being fired without having any stigma attached while being considered for new jobs.
    Apple once forced Steve Jobs out of office. Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina was fired from Hewlett Packard, NBA and NFL coaches get fired by one team and hired by new teams. Howard Stern as well as other celebrities have been fired or had shows canceled.
    It's not over until (you) say it's over.
    There are some things that can make it more challenging however.
    If you were at the last company for several years, you're over the age of 45, you're unwilling to network, or try doing some things outside the box. Whether that means dying your hair, signing up as a temp, willing to accept a pay cut, try a different industry, or even starting your own business. Don't stay at the "pity party" too long.
    You're not the first person no are the last person to ever be fired! Keep knocking on doors until you get a yes.
    Every ending is a new beginning!
    'If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse.' - Jim Rohn

    1. arksys profile image83
      arksysposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      good quote by Jim.

  6. arksys profile image83
    arksysposted 8 years ago

    work your contacts. do not be shy or ashamed to contact the people you have worked with in the past. you'll get results faster with your contacts as compared to applying for jobs online or through a recruitment agent (head hunter).

    i got fired once and could not find a job for about 4 months... I had applied for a position in a company and they didn't like the fact that i was made redundant.... I emailed my previous supervisor who worked in the same company and i was hired for a different position the next day.

    1. dashingscorpio profile image81
      dashingscorpioposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Great example of never giving up and moving on with your life!
      Networking and making use of your contacts is always a good.

  7. profile image0
    ARaineyposted 8 years ago

    This is the beginning of a new adventure for you.

  8. Alphadogg16 profile image84
    Alphadogg16posted 8 years ago

    I guess my response would be totally dependent on the reason why they were being terminated/fired. If it was being done to down size/cost effective, it would more than likely be positive, if it was for behavior/moral turpitude or something like that, it would definitely be more negative.

    1. gmwilliams profile image84
      gmwilliamsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Being downsized is not considered termination.  That person can still get a job, even revitalize his/her career.   However, a person who is terminated usually CAN'T do the following things.  Termination carries...a STIGMA-a BLACK CLOUD so to speak!

  9. profile image53
    Hope Richmondposted 7 years ago

    take some time to do the grieving (you need to let your anger/disappointment etc run its course before its possible to move on) and then use it as a tremendous opportunity


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