Just got fired. Not surprised and kind of relieved but ego is bruised. Anyone got any stories of when they got fired/laid off and it turned out for the better?

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I didn’t get fired but was laid off due to budget cuts. I was remote and they only kept the onsite team. I had three weeks until unemployment, 2.5 weeks in I got a job at Google. When I told everyone I was leaving they said where are you headed. I said Google. It felt good to tell everyone I was moving to a better company instead of whining about how I worked there 4 years and got 3 weeks notice. The moral of the story is you never know who will call you next week. I didn’t apply at Google they found me. It turned out to be constant travel, 4 star hotels,$150 a day for food, expense whatever, but it wasn’t for me 6 days a week on the road is too much. Capgemini made a very good offer to leave, large bonus, solid base, relocation, agreement on limited travel. Over 200k year for an architect isn’t bad. They pay top dollar for top talent. They let me build my own teams, fire the people that suck. Wait did I fire you? Where did you work?

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Yes! Went from 6 years at B4 to industry HR to midsize firm in office with <100 people and practice group of <12 people. About 3 years ago, after completing several projects (2-3 month duration) successfully, a Project Lead sabotaged me to look bad in front of a client and Partner by withholding info I needed to do the job. Subsequently counseled out after 7 months. To avoid damaging morale, they suggested I save face and “spin” my departure as going back to work on my family’s business. Take note of these tips in case you are in this position: I had worked in HR so I knew to negotiate with the firm’s HR directly to tag my departure as an “involuntary separation” so I could collect unemployment insurance (do not trust your people manager to do this, ideally call/email HR in case you have to prove it); I picked the first of the month to leave so I’d have health insurance the rest of the month; and I negotiated a small partial bonus which I would have been eligible for had I stayed. Afterwards, I interviewed for maybe a half dozen positions then got my first subcontractor job which led to many more and I never looked back. What blew me away was that literally only one interviewer asked the reason I left my last job. NO ONE CARES why you leave anymore because there are so many reasons and most of them are out of your control. Three years out I have never been happier in my career and WLB including my time in industry. Whether she meant to or not, that project lead did me a favor! Bottom line, life is taking you in another direction - have faith and let’s see what your next adventure is!! Good luck!! P.S. Heard recently that project lead mentioned is no longer at that firm anymore either.

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Yes it’s true that hiring managers never care why you’re leaving your current position. All of us are hired for a skill/role. Personality fit can be ‘assessed’ during interviews. So companies today don’t care so much. The only thing that really matters is to get a referral to your target companies.

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Got fired as an intern and didn’t get a return offer from a Fortune 500 b/c my boss didn’t like me. Applied to D a few weeks later got hired and 2nd client was my old company consulting the department on head count reduction. The look in my former bosses eyes was priceless

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Charge your phone D1. 🤪 But yeah saw that :) congrats hehe

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I was asked to sign a politically motivated PIP. Asked for the afternoon off to collect my thoughts, came back the next morning and resigned. 7 years and 2 promotions later I now make 2.5x my old salary. It’s just a bump in the road of a long career. Don’t forget the lesson though and always keep learning and challenging yourself.

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My partner tried doing that to me and I sent him a message reminding him that “you should always shoot your own dog”.

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Got fired from an MBB for underperforming. Ended up getting offers from the other 2 MBBs, in offices with way better WLB and overall culture. Don’t know how long it will last, but when they fired me it was a massive blessing in disguise

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Do they ask about your previous employer? Ie Like why did you leave the company ?

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Everyone should get fired at least once in their career, it’s sobering reality check. It lets you know that you should always put yourself first, your employer is interest in themselves you should be too.

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Trust me ....”I was there”...you take pride in your work and are extremely proud when you do well on a project, there are times when you feel like a super star...Now add-all those times up during the year and in October go and look at your bonus....were you compensated for your sacrifices, weekends, taking one for the team! Those partners were. In the end If a partner has to miss a Lexus payment “your gone” Treat KPMG as if they are your client, if it doesn’t benefit your family, find another client. Because trust me when the firm can no longer make money off of you your dog meat

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DAMNNNN this thread made me realize how shallow I am. always thought being fired was the is all, end all = your rep will be tarnished, since consulting in Big 4 move in similar circles. really am seeing both sides of the story here. I always thought of management as objective and making the right call. looks like I was wrong. just Wow.

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Manager 2. I hope you are right

Just got fired/laid off in March from KPMG. Today I’m way better off. 40% more salary, I haven’t worked a weekend or delt with any Nutzo partners obsessed about the color of lines in power point deck..,my only regret is that I stayed there that long

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nutzo, ha! 😂 love itttt esp the color deck part

Got let go by the best leader I’ve had. Was unmotivated, had negative attitude, was lazy. Took it as a kick in the butt, cleaned up my act and changed what I had control over. It’s a good sign that you’re accepting this was due to your incompetence, rather than blaming someone else. That’s a fantastic start. You’ll focus on what you’re good at, and affect what you can - some of it comes intuitively, you need to kick yourself to get rid of some habits. Sounds like you’re on your way. Good luck.

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I’ve been laid off/nearly fired and quit a few times now. It is tough and it stings, and the weeks/months of job searching after can be scary and make you doubt yourself. You’ll probably have some of those. But for me, every step has helped me understand myself more and I’ve ended up in jobs at each stage that were better fits for me and more interesting. Look how many people have firing stories on here. We don’t talk abort them because it’s taboo but many of us have them. Don’t let it be your “dirty little secret” you feel bad about yourself for or feel imposter syndrome because of. It’s a natural part of life to fail here and there. Own it, grow from it and be excited for what’s next. It’s a big wide world and now you’re in the open space. You can decide what to do next. Make the most of this opportunity and freedom while you’ve got it!

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Got fired in 2016, and spent 9 months looking for a job. I thought something was 'wrong' with me. Got laid off 3 times in the next 2 years, and 'knew' it had to be my fault. Now 2019, I've doubled my salary from 3 years ago, and am 3 levels higher than my old job that I was fired from originally. Tough times don't last. This will be the best thing that ever happens to you.

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People rely on careers for a huge aspect of personal identity. Don't feel guilty for not having a job. You are not unemployed, you are a person who is on a sabbatical. Took me months to figure that out.

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Always turns out for the best, although you may not realize that for awhile. Often people and employers just aren't the right match. Learn from your mistakes and move forward.

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Thank you for the uplifting words!!

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Got fired. Was looking for a move but was too comfortable. This forced me to move on. I had a great one month care-free adventure with some severance followed by a few months of darker days of rejection and doubt. Fast forward, I’m now being paid double , working with a better team and am in a better place. There will be dark days. But think about the longer journey, this is just a chapter in your life’s story.

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😭 thank you for sharing. Glad you found the light thru the end of the dark tunnel!! Congrats on the extra $$ and better team too :)

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I got laid off 9/10/2019. The BEST THING TO EVER HAPPEN.......I was miserable, completely stressed out, unhappy, and only staying because I wasn’t “ready” to start applying yet. A recruiter reached out to me for an INCREDIBLE opportunity that I couldn’t say “No” to, exactly one week before I was laid off. I interviewed like a crazy person for over a month at many firms, and just accepted an offer last week. I start my new job in 2 weeks. Best of all, I got a pay bump of over $20k, plus a role 2 levels above what I had. Layoffs are a blessing and lead BETTER.

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I got fired twice in 6 months. Never failed at anything in my life . Was stunned and disappointed when it happened. Shed a tear as well. Felt my career was completely fucked . But it was a blessing is disguise because I did a lot of self reflection as self inspection( what went wrong and why). Decided I needed to do something that I actually liked which suited my personality . You will get though it don’t worry.

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Life is long. Your career is just starting out. Where would the fun be if all was smooth? I have lost many deals to competitors over relatively minor errors. Felt quite bad. Initially, used to react emotionally - after all how could they! Reality sinks in. There is room for bright people in the world. Focus on finding the next gig and hopefully you can find something where the passion will match the mission. Good luck and all the best. The road is long, and you will travel it. It is never a straight path. Keep the faith.

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“There is room in the world for bright people.” Man, talk about the affirmation that I wasn’t seeking but didn’t know I needed. Thanks for sharing your story and wisdom, P1. Your team is a lucky group.

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I was fired from my first job out of college. I had already been bartending part time, so I picked up shifts at another restaurant and started bartending full time. At that new place, I worked my way up to regional sales and marketing manager, met the man who became my husband, met the woman who is now my best friend, and gained the experience that allowed me to make the jump to Deloitte - a company and job I never thought I could even consider working at. I know what you’re going through, and I’m so sorry it happened to you. But you never know - I like to think that things happen for a reason, and for me, being fired turned out to be the best thing that ever happened! Hang in there!

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Love your non-traditional journey— bartender to manager to Deloitte. I’m sure your coworkers love you for your bartender skills too. Thanks for sharing!

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Got let go once after probation period. For the ego it sucks bad. However, I hated the culture, I did not fit into their standards. They laid me off probably for allegedly underperforming; when I figured out they were going to cut me within 3 months I: 1) started playing tennis during lunch breaks 2) got 3 offers from other places 3) waited to be laid off instead of quitting to pocket the extra month salary + good will check they gave me I have been much more successful ever since. Who outsmarted whom, uh?

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Smart move but a lot of luck in timing too

Been fired at least three times in my career. Latest one was 5 years ago at a boutique consultancy. It stung big time but made me understand myself better than ever before. Cried in front of my wife at least a couple times. Took out my pain by driving alone all around the Midwest for 7 days straight, listening to self help podcasts and smoking a pack of cigs a day. Through pain, there is tremendous growth. I'm a much better person for it.

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Thanks for sharing!

Are u deloitte op?

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D30- to prove your point, he was an SM 😂😂

I filed a harassment complaint and a month after investigation and firing of the exec and employee involved, I was given a PIP. When I raised concerns of retaliation, I no longer needed to sign it but the environment grew toxic and I resigned. I am still picking up the pieces from having to leave. My advice, don’t give up and keep going. I’m trying my best to do the same!

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This sounds like constructive discharge.

My old boss verbally abused me and defamed my character to other colleagues. I reported it to HR and guess who got laid off shortly thereafter? Spoiler alert - It wasn’t her.

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I reported someone to HR, HR raised it to ethics, ethics said they found fault and handled it and that someone put me on a PIP a few months later. I left. 6 other team members have left in a year. Why doesn’t HR pay attention to turnover?

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