Dealing with feelings of shame after losing a job 

Do you feel ashamed because you’ve been terminated from your job, even if the termination was unrelated to your performance?

No matter the reasons, some people are so ashamed that they feel they can’t confidently look for another job. One big reason is that they are unsure about what to say to recruiters, future employers, colleagues, friends, and family. And, of course, there are a lot of negative emotions to process as well.

If this sounds like you, a career transition counselor who has experience in job loss can help. He or she would provide you with a platform to objectively look at your situation; help move the process along; and help you to craft a “reason for looking/leaving statement.” That statement would communicate to the world why you are looking. And it would give you more confidence as well and make you less defensive when you are asked about your situation.

I have counseled literally thousands of talented lawyers and other types of professionals who have been terminated from their jobs. Please check out my LinkedIn profile or visit my website at to learn how I can help.

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Published by Sheryl Odentz on LinkedIn on March 15, 2021. Sheryl Odentz is the founder of Progress in Work LLC, an award-winning career management firm that provides lawyers and other professionals within the legal industry the following services: business development training/coaching, executive/leadership coaching and outplacement/career transition counseling. For more information, contact Sheryl at 212-532-6670 or