“Perhaps you thought everything was going fine at your employment, and you were stunned to get you’re walking papers. Perhaps you committed an error that prompted to being let go. Whatever the explanation behind being fired, the impacts can be annihilating financially and emotionally – frequently leaving individuals depleted of their investment funds and their sself-esteem.”
When I graduated with a B.A. in English in 2010, I had big dreams . . . and absolutely nothing on my resume. I wanted to be a writer, but didn’t have a single published clip to call my own. As you can imagine, the next few years weren’t very fun. Since 2010, I’ve:
- been unemployed three times, for a total of 13 months.
- failed to hold a “full-time job” longer than a year.
- quit three jobs, been let go once and gotten myself fired once.
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While most of my friends were gainfully employed, I was living with my parents and desperately chasing after freelance gigs. So, when I did finally manage to land a great job, I couldn’t believe my luck. It seemed too good to be true. And it was. I was gently let go six months later because I was an awful employee.
Then I did five things that completely transformed my life. Within two months, I was working 50-plus-hour weeks for my own clients and making six figures — more than twice my previous salary. Today, less than a year later, I’m making more than three times that original salary.
Guess what? I didn’t have to move mountains to make that happen. I just had to learn a few new habits. Here are five of the most important things I adopted right after getting fired:
1. I learned how to do sales.
Most people aren’t business minded, and I was no exception. Instead of sitting down and taking the time to learn how to sell my services — and how to better sell my client’s services — I figured I could get by on my credentials and brilliance alone. Nope.
Business author Daniel Pink argues that, in today’s hyper-connected society, we’re all salespeople. In other words, you’re selling yourself short if you don’t learn how to sell.
2. I spent an hour each day on new business.
After looking through my “sent” folder, I discovered that the emails I’d written that got the highest response rates were also the shortest and most concise. So, I wrote up an email template and customized it for every job application by addressing the poster’s specific pain and my gain.
My system worked like a charm. Now, for every five jobs I apply to, I get one or two responses. And I consistently apply to new jobs every day. I even use that same template for LinkedIn InMail.