In the average person's list of practical nightmares, getting fired consistently ranks pretty highly. In July 2014, the national unemployment rate reached 6.2%, leaving 9.7 million Americans out of work. In any case, if the dreaded pink slip finds its way to your desk, don't freak out and punch a mirror or anything—follow these tips on how to get fired (and deal with the aftermath) in style. After all, if you plan on staying in the same industry, you will likely see these people again. Don't make that dreaded rookie mistake and burn bridges before your career takes off.