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What Do You Do If Your Job is Suddenly Gone?
If you have recently lost your job, focus on a plan that includes the following steps:
- DON'T PANIC: This is NOT the end of the world. You need to keep things in perspective.
- CONSIDER YOUR OPTIONS: Many individuals turn a layoff situation from a horrible experience into a gift by recognizing the fact that they are now free to pursue a career situation that they otherwise discounted. Perhaps you will consider starting a business, working in another company, or retraining in another field.
- REVIEW YOUR STRENGTHS- Take an inventory of the skills, knowledge, abilities, and experience which you have gained and write a detailed list of these attributes. Then give thanks for them.
- BE HONEST ABOUT YOUR WEAK AREAS - Consider the things that you might feel would have enhanced your career in the past. Think about how you can learn about or develop yourself in these areas.
- PREPARE AN UPDATED RESUME- Research the best ways to present yourself by consulting with government agencies, public libraries, or the internet. There shouldn't be any cost for this.
- NETWORK -Most people find work because they were referred or knew someone in a company. Word of mouth is often better than merely answering advertisements.
- PRACTICE SELF-CARE - Eat nutritionally, exercise, get plenty of rest and remember to laugh.
- TAKE CARE OF YOUR APPEARANCE - You feel better about yourself and present well if you are practicing good hygiene, dressing attractively, and ensuring that your hair is cut and styled neatly.
- GET OUT OF THE HOUSE - You are not retied or on holidays. Your job is to get a job. Often volunteering will lead to an offer and, will enhance your resume while you support a charity with your time.
- STAY POSITIVE - Read or listen to something inspiring every day. Ensure that your self-talk is focussed on what you can do. Seek the help of a therapist if you need help in coping and staying emotionally healthy.
Being out of work can be difficult - especially if you did not have any warning that this would occur. You can, however, turn the burden into a blessing if you are creative and willing to work hard at developing a new career option. Through it all, your attitude can make a huge difference in both your well-being and your prospects.
About the Author
Dr. Hancock has written a regular weekly column entitled “All Psyched Up” for newspapers in two Canadian provinces for more than a dozen years...