In 2008, Paul Hastings associate Shinyung Oh was a pioneer. Until she sent her mass email making public that she got the boot it was standard to slink away. Eventually those checking the law firm's website would notice your name and photo were gone and that was that. You were disappeared.
Since then, what happens after getting the ax can become as important a career move as what school you attended, what assignments you pushed to work on, how you got a higher up to mentor you just a little litte bit, and the closing argument you delivered in a case your side won.
Most career-watchers agree that former Yahoo chief executive officer Carol Baratz push-back on getting canned was counterproductive. Now she has to fix that as well as fix whatever lack of strategic and operational skills got her the boot. The jury is out on how Ann Curry's blaming the network for not giving her enough time will play. After all, she had a year. With development, mentoring, and emotional support from colleagues so 20th century, wasn't it up to her to connect the dots.
In taking on a job or an assignment, we not only have to go on the offense to exceed expectation but to be on the defense to prevent getting fired. Simultaneously we have to run by in our heads and with trusted allies how we will position and package being told to "seek out other opportunities."