I’ve noticed a recent trend on social media of ex-employee’s blasting their former employer, whether they were terminated or they quit. I have also noticed that employers and potential future employers are noticing this as well. Here are some words of advice to people who have been let go or they have decided to leave their job voluntarily.

  • Don’t: Talk poorly about your former boss. Whether you liked them or not, you are showing potential employers that you shouldn’t be hired on attitude alone. If you, for any reason, got in trouble at work, they would be concerned that you would take it to social media. This creates a bad reputation for you.

  • Do: Give a two weeks notice if you’re quitting. Out of respect for the people who gave you a job, give them the proper notice so they are adequately prepared. This will allow for a smooth transition. The company will have time to hire someone new and also have you help the new person, if possible. When you give your two weeks notice, be prepared to help them in anyway possible.

  • Don’t: Burn bridges. Especially in the world of politics, do not make enemies because word travels fast. Loyalty is important, and your name will be mentioned in negative ways. We live in a world of who you know, not what you know. It costs nothing to be nice, but you have to pay the price when you intentionally wrong someone. Keep those relationships by remaining cordial or staying in touch with former employers.

  • Do: Re-evaluate. Did you quit your job because you no longer enjoyed the field you were working in? Did you lose your job because you weren’t getting along with your bosses? Take a step back. Understand what led you to the position you are in right now.

  • Don’t: Be afraid to ask for a recommendation. If you are quitting your job and you need a referral for a new job or you got fired from your job on somewhat good terms, don’t be afraid to ask for them to give you a letter of recommendation. It never hurts to ask. If the big boss, for any reason, just did not like you, don’t be afraid to ask your direct supervisor for the letter instead of the big boss.

  • Do: Choose the conversation and words you use carefully when discussing with others. There will be people who tell your former employers what you are saying about them. Choose your words carefully. Don’t let it get around that you’re bad mouthing the people who gave you the job in the first place. Whether you got fired or quit, be mindful of what you’re saying and who you’re saying it to.

  • Don’t: Let it define you. Getting fired is not the end of the world. Sometimes being fired isn’t even personal. Sometimes you may just be laid off because they don’t have the funds to keep you. Take it as a lesson to learn from and move forward. Go look for jobs with a new perspective of starting over.

  • Do: Find out what your next job will be. This goes back to re-evaluating. Do what works best for you and what will move you along in your career. If you are planning to quit, make sure you have a job lined up before doing so. If you are financially independent, this is extremely important because going without a paycheck is a problem. Start applying to other places immediately. Ask your friends in the same field as you if they know of any job openings, look online, and make phone calls. Make sure you go turn in your application and resume in person, if possible.

Getting fired or quitting your job is common. Do it the right way and handle it professionally. You are allowed to vent but do us all a favor and don’t do it online. The most important piece of advice I can give is to keep your experience, whether it being fired or quitting, off social media. You will create less drama, create less of a poor reputation for yourself, you won’t burn bridge. It shows that you aren’t a bitter person about everything.

Move on, stay strong, and maintain your image while doing it.

Caroline C.
FFL Cabinet Member
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