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I was suddenly fired… scared! And now?

Check your emotions

Imagine… you are working hard and suddenly your supervisor indicates that it is time for an interview. Tension and nerves scream through your body and then suddenly that word falls that no working person hopes for ... Dismissal! Time seems to stand still for a moment and all the background noise is silenced. What now? All kinds of questions come through your head and you need a professional who can help you in a targeted manner. But what can you do yourself after a dismissal situation?

Read all the tips below and make sure you get out of a dismissal situation well:

Never just sign.

It is important never to just sign anything that you get pushed under your nose after such a moment. Of course the trust is gone for a while and you may be a bit dazed. Therefore always ask for a reflection period. Take all the documents home and look at the papers there again. Signing something quickly can also have unpleasant consequences for your legal position. Be aware that you have rights that are in effect after a dismissal situation.

Keep calm and make sure you have control over your reaction

A common reaction is the fact that people get angry after being fired. This is logical and understandable, because you feel that you have been wronged. And yet it is important not to get angry or to throw a number of curses around your conversation partner. Keeping calm is essential. You can always need each other later. It is wiser to part well and keep looking each other in the eye.


Personal guidance is nice after a dismissal situation. It can just open your eyes and provide you with the answers you need. Specific guidance often provides you with concrete information that helps you further in the following areas:

  • Overview of your duties and rights after dismissal
  • Processing the dismissal situation
  • Insight into the administration
  • A clearer picture of your future
  • Support during the application process

    • Some forms of counseling are: dismissal counseling, outplacement et cetera. Of course you can also contact me!

      A 'short break'

      After a dismissal situation, it can sometimes be wise to squeeze out. Release yourself from all emotions for a moment. Don't think of it as flights, but as a necessary distance that allows you to see everything from a detailed bird's eye view. For example, book a week's holiday to the sun, relax on the beach and let your body fill with renewed energy.


      Temporarily out of work is not an absolute world disaster. While it may seem like the end of the world, it is better and more fruitful to keep a positive outlook on things. See the process as a challenge. Of course, a dismissal situation is tough, but see it as an opportunity to analyze your passion and see if you can fulfill a job where your passion really lies! This is an important step that really takes you further in the process.

      Leave everything tidy

      A neat handover is important. Avoid going out the back door, but leave your previous employer with a good feeling. Say goodbye and try to close everything properly. It may just happen that you need each other again in the future.

      Pick it up, let's keep going!

      Are you ready to apply again? Then think carefully in advance how you are going to dress the story about your dismissal. Never ever talk badly about your previous employer and try to keep assessing everything as objectively as possible. You come across as somewhat unreliable and resentful when you show in the conversation that you have no respect for your previous employer. A good reason to explain the dismissal is a business economic reason. Thus, you can both go on until the order of the day.

      Do you have a special experience with the first few days after the discharge? Or do you have a golden tip for someone who has just been fired?

      Share it with our readers and see what responses you receive.

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George Begemann

Executive Sparring Partner