6 steps to rebound from an ugly firing

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You did it. You gave your boss the finger, told him to get lost, stormed out of the office, and -- for good measure -- spit in his coffee on the way out.

Or maybe that's the story you tell, and you were actually fired for your attitude, your behavior, or an inappropriate moment or gesture that was misconstrued -- or not. Then again, maybe your boss was the asshole with control issues, and your talent was threatening. Maybe your boss was sexually harassing you, and you worked in an intolerable environment that was sexist, racist, egoist, and a whole bunch of other "-ists."

Whatever the case, the digital employee landscape is littered with the desiccated corpses of both your attitude and your previous employers, who, like born-again zombies, you fear will torpedo your latest job opportunity.

6 steps to rebound from an ugly firing

If the prospect of that situation makes you cringe, remember to relax and breathe. The wreckage behind you is not entirely without reason. Digital was started by those who often gave the finger to corporate America. They were the loser Generation X who would never amount to anything. The slackers, lazy ingrates, a wasted generation -- that is, until they decided to break the rules and strike out on their own to create the next big thing. You know, the "Internets," with the tubes. Then all of a sudden they were brilliant -- savants, saviors. However, their hactivist attitude has always permeated digital, and as digital has moved past Millennials, that attitude has been adopted, co-opted, and refined.

In short, many digital marketers fear an old instance rearing its ugly head. Many more have left their jobs on "apparent" good terms, but they were such an excruciating hot-mess to work with that regardless of how talented they were, the company's attitude is "good riddance." So how do you position yourself for a rebound? How do you frame the firing on your resume? How do you answer that inevitable interview questions of why you left? How do you control any negative rumors or information that might be circulating in your professional circles?

Do not panic. There is hope. Your career is not doomed. You just need to follow these six steps (which is only half the number of steps you normally need).