What To Do After You've Been Fired, According To HR Professionals

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Getting fired can be right up there with a breakup on the emotional devastation scale. So many of us get a big portion of our self-worth from our work, so being told that we won't be doing that work anymore can be roiling. What did I do wrong? Am I not good enough? Is everything I thought about myself a lie? Plus, there's the practical problem of, you know, rent and living life that rears its head as soon as you get that pink slip. But if you just got fired or laid off and you're in the middle of that emotional rollercoaster, take a deep breath. I've got you.

"The first thing to do is take a breather," Alexandra Finkel, Bustle's Editorial Operations Director says. "Take a week to yourself. Think about what your next step should be, whether that’s a continuation of what you’ve been doing — or whether you’d like to do something totally different.”

OK, have you taken that deep breath? Awesome. Let’s check out more advice on what you should do if you’ve just been fired, according to top HR professionals. Remember: They’re the ones who are doing the hiring and firing, so you can guarantee that they’ll point you in the right direction.

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Hannah Burton/Bustle

Hannah Burton/Bustle

Feeling a little better? Good. You've got this. Now go get your job search on.