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Baby Boomers Guide to Dealing with Getting Fired

Baby Boomers Guide to Dealing with Getting Fired

When Boomer Gets Fired

When Boomer Gets Fired

Elderly Problems by Boomeryearbook.com

The shock and distress of being fired can effectively cut your legs from under you. Early in your career when you are in the process of working a Saturday job to help pay for tuition or doing a casual few hours to earn some pocket change, getting fired for some small misconduct can almost seem a joke: getting fired as a middle aged baby boomer however, can be traumatic, upsetting and stressful.

For baby boomers who have already enjoyed a successful career and are now on their second job choice and learning a new skill, getting fired can be half expected, especially if the skills required are stubbornly proving too technical for baby boomer hands.

For those who are still in their chosen career and are fired to make way for more skilled juniors, the process is demeaning and can have a huge impact on personal confidence and the person’s desire to try another job.

Modern executives can sometimes display an unfortunate lack of diplomacy when it comes to terminating the employment of a long term employee. The phrase ‘hand in your keys at the desk’ haunts some people and with some justification in an economy where even the most competent personnel are moved out to make way for younger, cheaper, better skilled staff.

For many baby boomers with years of experience, the prospect of seeking work in the profession for which they are qualified turns sour and instead they become determined to seek employment at the opposite end of the scale, in a job that requires absolutely no initiative or skill other than to show up. This can be an indication of just how deeply affected the person has been by his or her termination of work.

When a person is fired, the effects can be both emotional and financial. However, there is no profit in sitting at home feeling gloomy because some over qualified executive young enough to be your grandson has declared you unfit for service. Get out and buy a newspaper and check the ‘Wanted’ ads before breakfast each morning. Use the time positively to get some exercise and assume you will be getting another job soon. Apply for everything that is within your range of qualifications and do not be deterred by the competition.

America is lucky enough to be one of the few countries in the World where opportunity is available to everyone. Taking the attitude of being defeated before you even begin is alien in a place where almost anything is possible if you want it enough. Use the free time you have to maximum advantage and visit the gym a couple of times each week instead of only once. Get fit and well enough to take on the World and perhaps you will get a better job than the one you lost.

Remember that if money is not short, it might be a good idea to brush up your skills before seeking more work. New qualifications are always viewed positively by prospective employers.

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