By Clay Wyatt
Posted on 04/27/2016

Getting fired can be a challenging experience. And whether it was deserved or not, you probably aren’t happy with how your last job ended.

However, whether you have bills to pay or just want to move forward with your career, you’re probably interested in getting a new job. While getting one might be tricky, it is possible to move on from this situation and continue your career. Here are some tips on how to get a new job after getting fired.

Look Elsewhere

While you probably won’t apply if you see an ad for your former job posted online, you might be tempted to seek employment with your previous employer if you become desperate or otherwise want to work there again. However, whether you were terminated for a valid reason or not, it’s unlikely that you’ll get a job there anytime soon.

That said, if you truly want to work for this employer again, consider the New York Post’s suggestion for getting your job back. It advises remaining in contact with the employer and mentioning that you’re interested in working in any job it has available.

Consider Leaving it Off Your Resume

If the job only lasted for a brief period of time, you might be better off by not including it on your resume. For example, if you were terminated after two months on the job, it probably wouldn’t help your cause to include it. Not listing the job could eliminate the need to explain the situation to prospective employers.

Network

Networking can be helpful regardless of your situation as a job seeker. Get in touch with former classmates, colleagues, professors, supervisors and anyone else who could help you land a new job. After all, even if your former manager provides a negative reference, having several other people mention that you did a great job should help your cause.

Don’t Advertise Your Firing

“I got fired from my last job for making 90 errors in one week.”

Imagine saying the above to an interviewer during a phone interview. She’d probably stop listening to anything else you said and end the call shortly.

While you obviously wouldn’t say those exact words, be sure not to advertise your firing to prospective employers. In other words, if they don’t ask why you left the job, don’t mention it.

Rehearse

A five-minute rant about how your former manager was completely at fault for your firing won’t help you get a new job. And while you probably wouldn’t do that, be sure not to show up to an interview without an idea of what you plan to say.

For example, if you’re asked why you left your last job, you could explain that you were let go and briefly state the reason. You might also explain what you’ve learned since then to demonstrate that you’ve addressed the problem, if applicable. The idea is to rehearse your response before an interview so you can explain this situation without reducing your odds of getting the job.

The Bottom Line

Getting fired isn’t an ideal experience. However, it doesn’t have to ruin your career. Keep the mentioned tips in mind as they should help you resume your career with a new opportunity.