Fired and hired in 40 days

Once you get past the shock of losing your job, you should set out to systematically find a new one. Here's a tool that can help.

One of our IT Leadership bloggers, Dr. Andrew Makar, found himself in an unenviable, yet all-too-common, position recently: He was fired from his job.

Andrew acknowledges that one has to come to terms with the emotional impact of being fired. As he says,

To say I was surprised is an understatement despite all the economic indicators in the Detroit where unemployment had risen to 28%. I had survived three waves of downsizing across two Fortune 500 companies. I had a proven track record of successful project delivery and was often asked to help turn around troubled projects and programs. In acompany that leveraged outsourcing, I was convinced they can't outsource leadership. Despite all of this I was still fired.

But Andrew put that part of it behind him and conducted a systematic search for a new job, which he landed in 40 days. He has kindly shared the best practices he used to land that new job, as well as a tool he used (A Career Contact Matrix) in what he calls his Unemployment Rescue Kit. Download the kit for free by clicking here.

By Toni Bowers

Toni Bowers is the former Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.