What To Do If You’re Fired

July 30, 2009 by JS · 1 Comment 

Getting the axe can be a positive
Turn getting the axe into a positive

When you are terminated from a job, your first thought is probably “what do I do now?” and the answer to that question is to get out there and start looking for a better job.  Once you realize that there’s a better job out there for you and that everything happens for a reason, you need to get moving on finding that great job.

Career counselor Marty Nemko says that you should start job searching immediately because every “nanosecond of wallowing” only makes your feelings of self-pity worse. Not only will worrying about what you’re going to do waste time, but it will also only make the stress of losing a job worse.

Once you decide to get yourself back out on the job market, take the fast track. Send your resume to every ad in the paper that catches your eye. Send your resumes to as many employers as you can find. Remember, the worse thing that can happen is that you won’t be what the employer is looking for. If you’re not what they want, at least you are getting your name out there and there’s no harm done.   Some advice given by Marty Nemko on this subject is “cram the entire search into one week.” Applying to any large amount of jobs in a week’s time will be stressful, and won’t be easy, but once you have applied to jobs you are interested in, all you have to do is prepare for the interviews!

Another good thing that you should consider doing while looking for a new job is networking. Network with all of your friends and family. Send a mass email and ask if anyone knows of an employer that is hiring. Post your job seeking information your social networking sites and on your blogs. It’s important to remember that being fired is not something to be embarrassed about and you should not be scared to ask for help. Sometimes networking is the key in finding a new job.

It is important to remember that good jobs will just fall into your lap. In fact, some jobs are not even posted in the newspaper advertisements. Some employers depend on networking and word of mouth to get their hiring news out.  So, if you know what you’re looking for and you know of a company that has current positions with people doing what you want to do, pick up the phone and call that company. Just as there is no harm in sending your resume to anyone that catches your attention, there’s also no harm in calling and asking if the employer has any openings. The worst thing they can say is that they’re not interested.

Remember that looking for a job is not the only thing you need to do after you lose your job. Experts say that while looking for a job after being fired, it is important to cut out needless expenses in your budget. Do you really need that meal at that restaurant, or could you cook your own meal at home for less money? If you happen to be a compulsive shopper like me, it is probably best that you just stay away from retail stores, and especially from the mall. Saving money during this difficult time is one key to keeping stress and anxiety levels low.  

Losing a job is a stressful event no matter how you slice it, but making sure that you do everything possible to stay afloat while job searching will help you face the stressors you will face. So, if you get the dreaded pink slip, get out there, get going, stay motivated, and find yourself a better job!

This story has been featured in the Carnival of Personal Finance at Christian PF.

Find Happiness by Working After Retirement

May 31, 2008 by JS · 2 Comments 

It is a fact that the workforce is aging out. That means that more and more people will be heading out of the work force in the next ten years.

Will there be enough good qualified workers to replace them? It doesn’t look like it.

Many baby boomers are returning to the workplace after they retire. Are they crazy? Maybe. Are they wanted? Definitely.

The average person still works at least until they are fifty-five. That is still a good ten years earlier than the recognized retirement age. Those baby boomers that wait until sixty-five and retire often look forward to years of relaxation once they get the gold watch. Often retired people take up hobbies to fill the time void left by having no job to show up at. At least that’s what we are told we should do when we retire.

If we look at the cliche: the men fish and the women learn to paint or tend to their garden.


Boring! And you know what? It sounds too boring to many retired people these days. Instead of living the next twenty or thirty years in the stream with a fly reel, they return to the world of work. But it is not like it was before. Work actually provides many benefits besides the paycheck; social interaction, a sense of accomplishment, goals and rewards.

Surprise – Work Can Be Enjoyable

It is probably shocking to some people to realize, but it is the concept that we actually do enjoy working is becoming more popular. It’s just having to work, being trapped in a job, and struggling to pay the bills that we don’t like.

  • Baby boomers have planned for their retirement.
  • They have saved in the conventional and unconventional ways and have money to live on after they finish working.
  • Now, work can take on a new role in their lives.
  • They can have the job of their dreams.

Most people worked the jobs that were available to them. Depending on the geographical location, they worked in sawmills and other factories, or service industry positions. It was a job of convenience because they had families to feed and kids to put through college.

When the family obligation is said and done, they can decide what they want to do instead of what they have to do. Many seniors find working after retirement to be less stressful and more enjoyable. The second half of life can be a time for a second career – the one you dreamed of.

How About Getting Rich Selling Your Knowledge

The job you choose may not make you rich, but it certainly could. As someone with a lot of life experience you are actually perfectly positioned as an information marketer. Currently, the information selling business is booming and all manner of products, from e-books to instructional video training are in huge demand as more and more consumers solve problems online.

Working after retirement is a fun proposition because the pressure is off. The possibilities are endless as companies mount campaigns to draw in seniors with the knowledge and experience they need. It used to be just the young who could write their own ticket; now the seniors are gaining on them. And remember, with your experience and knowledge there is never a better time to be entrepreneur.

Update: This story was featured on Moolamony in the week’s Carnival of Personal Finance.