Look: No one actually likes getting fired. It's awkward. It's embarrassing. And above all, it leaves you with an empty bank account and a bad case of deflated self-confidence. But getting fired is not the end of the world. In fact, it could be the beginning of something waaaaay better. Here's why getting that pink slip might be the best thing that ever happened to your career.

Stop Being Stuck

alt image

Were you feeling stuck in your job anyway? Getting fired is the perfect way to un-stick yourself and look for a different (read: better) path. It's easy to stay in a dead-end job just because it's comfortable and you don't want the uncertainty of a job search. But getting fired means you now have the time to really explore what you want to do and how to make it happen. You can actually feel excited about the future!

Be Honest with Yourself

alt image

Tell yourself honestly: Why did you get fired? Was it really just a crappy boss? Or was it something deeper? Maybe you weren't feeling motivated so you didn't work to your full potential. Maybe you liked the company but hated your job. Maybe your resume didn't really match the job description, so you were in over your head. Whatever the reason, be honest with yourself and think about what can change and improve to make you more employable in the future. Criticism sucks, but it's up to you to get something out of the experience.

Take Stock

alt image

Don't waste any experience: Even if you gave your old job the "Bye Felicia!" treatment, you can learn something from getting fired. Even if you learned what you don't want to do in the future, it's a valuable lesson you can take with you as you start your next job search. Sure, you might be able to score a similar job with your experience, but if you take stock of what you did and didn't like about your last job, you can choose something more in line with your goals and interests.

"You" Time

alt image

Take a deep breath: It's OK to take a few days to regroup and feel better after getting fired. We totally get that it sucks and it can even make you feel panicky, but jumping into another dead-end job will just leave you feeling unsatisfied and underperforming... again. Instead, take some time for yourself to figure out what you really want. Create a game plan for the next few months and you'll have a better chance at finding a career that you actually love; not one that you just do to pay the bills.

Don't let getting fired get you down. In some cases, what feels like a step back can actually be a giant leap forward.