Moving Forward After Job Loss

Moving Forward After Job Loss

If you’ve ever been fired or laid off, you know how devastating it can be. Suddenly, a job, a career, and an identity that you’ve spent years building has come to a screeching halt. For many, the experience is emotionally and financially draining. But once that initial grieving period ends, it’s time to start figuring out what comes next.

Manage your stress. In order to get more centered, think back to past stressful situations in your life and remember what worked best for you to manage your mood and emotions as effectively as possible. Did you take long walks alone or with friends? Practice yoga? Listen to music? Read a book? Use whatever strategies work well for your personality. You need to take some time to relax your nerves before you move on to the next chapter of your career.

Get emotional support. One of the best ways to distress is to talk about it with someone. Whether it’s your spouse, a relative, your best friend, just let everything out. This will help you process what happened and help you find ways to heal and learn from the experience.

Assess your interests, values, and strengths. Career transitions offer you the opportunity to re-evaluate what you have accomplished in your career to date and to identify where you want to go next. Make a wish list about what you would like to find in your next job and define your career focus.

Implement a job search campaign. Make sure to use social networking tools such as LinkedIn as many recruiters and hiring managers are using these online tools for recruitment. However, limit your online job search to 10 hours per week since too much web surfing is not only unproductive but is a risk factor for depression. Overall, plan to spend about 25 hours per week engaged in your job search and spend the rest of your time doing something else as there is a huge potential for burnout if you try to job hunt all day every day.

Evaluate what is working for you and what isn’t. If your resume isn’t getting positive results, ask professional colleagues to take a look at your resume compared to the jobs you are pursuing. They can give you advice about whether your resume or your job goal needs to be fine-tuned. If you are landing interviews but not job offers, think about investing in some professional interview coaching or practice with a friend who is savvy about your industry and job function. But no matter what feelings you may have towards your old job or organization, make sure you can talk positively about the situation in an interview.

Remember that this is a growing process. Coping with being fired or laid off and moving on from that event will inevitably be challenging, difficult and even painful. Allow yourself to learn from the experience. Even these painful occurrences can allow you to become clear about what is truly meaningful in your life. It’s also an opportunity to discover your strengths and experience tremendous growth.

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