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7 things you should do after getting fired from your job

Losing your job is one of the most difficult things a professional could face in their career — especially when it’s completely unexpected.

And, as entrepreneur James Altucher points out in a LinkedIn post, the days following aren’t much easier.

“You can’t meditate. You can’t exercise. You can’t eat healthy. You can’t shave. Or bathe. You can’t even take deep breaths,” he says. “None of that stuff helps, you think. None of that immediately deposits money in the bank. None of that brings back your self-esteem.”

Altucher, who has been fired “so many times I can’t list them all,” says his one piece of advice that does help is to do just one thing every day.

Here are some things you could do in the days after losing your job to get out of your funk:

1. Process your emotions

Tyler Parris, author of “Chief Of Staff: The Strategic Partner Who Will Revolutionize Your Organization,” says it’s important to process the emotions you’re feeling once you’re calm.

He suggests starting by acknowledging what those emotions are. Then “figure out what you’re going to do with those emotions and how you will respond most productively to them. Emotions left unchecked will build up and, eventually, you will start acting them out in ways that don’t serve you,” he says.

2. Enjoy your new freedom

Get eight hours of sleep; wake up early; exercise; take a shower; put on a suit; go into the city; and walk around, Altucher suggests. You need to keep things as “normal” as possible during this tough time by staying busy and active. You don’t want to sit home and sulk.

3. Let go of your resentment

“You are going to feel resentful about people at your old job. They wronged you,” Altucher says. But remember that they’re also just trying to survive.

Make lists of all the good qualities your old boss and coworkers have, and send each of them an email telling them why you think they are good at what they do, he suggests. Also, thank them for the opportunity to work with them and for anything they may have taught you.


4. Have lunch with someone you haven’t seen in three years

Altucher says meeting up with someone you haven’t seen in a while injects new blood into your system. “You need a total transfusion to get rid of the infected old blood.” Plus, it’s a great way to network and let people know you’re on the hunt for a new job.

5. Jot down a list of your major achievements

“It’s natural to lose confidence after being laid off, and to feel like this setback will have long lasting repercussions. But while you were employed, you contributed a great deal,” Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of “Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job,” tells Business Insider.

She suggests making a quick list of your biggest accomplishments to remind yourself that you have a valuable skill set that makes you marketable.

6. Treat yourself like a one-man business

Find your “customers” (places or people you might want to work with), and then come up with a list of 10 or more ideas for each customer that can make them money. “This way you keep your idea muscle intact,” Altucher says. “Pitch your ideas to that customer if you can. If you can’t, move on to the next customer.”


Make a list of all expenses you can slash

You were just fired. This may be a financially difficult time for you. Spend one day figuring out your new budget, Altucher suggests. You don’t know how long it will be until you have a steady income again, so you’ll need to be cautious with your spending.