Ask Kari: I just got laid off and I’m so mad – what do I do next?

Dear Kari,

I was recently laid off and I am so mad! I knew it was coming, but I still hoped it would not happen. How do I get over being mad at my boss and go forward from the disappointment that I feel? I will be okay financially for a little while, but what do I do next?

--Fired and Mad

Dear Fired and Mad,

I am sorry that you have lost your job, as there are many feelings that come with losing something that we counted on and have enjoyed. Since it was not a surprise to you on some level, I am hoping that you explored other professional options as doing so can give you some footing as you transition from your previous job. I recommend moving forward from your anger at your last boss; staying focused on the past can hinder us from moving forward to better things in life. I also recommend that you map out what companies and positions you are most interested in, that match your current skill set, and aggressively put together a plan. Doing so demonstrates to you and others that you have adaptability in life, which appeals to all employers.


As published in the June 2017 issue of Connections.

About Kari:

Kari O’Neill, MSW, LICSW, is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and the owner and Clinical Director of Issaquah Highlands Counseling Group (IHCG), which is now Kari O’Neill Counseling.

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