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Getting Fired Doesn't Define Who I Am

Share Your Story: Share Your Getting Fired Story

By StrongWoman

Why I Was Fired

After five years on the job, I was terminated from my position. It was unjust and just plain wrong. I was a scapegoat for bad, ill-stated human resources policy. I am a by-the-book person and if policy clearly states what to do in a particular situation, then I would have followed through without question. Even with a poorly written HR policy, your employer can broadly interpret (or make up) policy, assign blame without evidence, and fire you immediately while hiding behind the employment-at-will laws.

What Being Fired Has Been Like

It has been a couple of days, but I feel better despite not having a job at present. I realize this situation was not my fault but I was still collateral damage for something that was the company's fault. They told me I was fired at 4:15 in the afternoon and I barely had time to pack my belongings and say goodbye to the remaining co-workers in the office. It was emotional and incredibly difficult especially since my job allowed me to work with many different departments. While I miss the people, I will not miss the environment. Looking back, I see the environment was toxic and unnecessarily stressful. I have already begun to submit resumes and refuse to allow this situation to define who I am and what type of employee I am - which is a pretty good one.


  • Even after the firing, be gracious - be BIGGER than them.
  • Don't dwell on the would've, could've and should've-this is negative thinking - try to be positive and put that energy into a job search.
  • Tweak your resume and start a job search immediately - helps keep you productive; also reminds you how qualified you are and the good things you have to offer any employer.
  • If you feel you have been wrongfully terminated, consult an attorney if you can - you never know if your situation has legal recourse until you ask.
  • First impressions count - if your manager stinks, that will not change - Watch your back!

Alison Doyle, About.com Job Searching, says:

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