Nobody is immune to a layoff. Even with a well-established thriving company in a booming industry, internal changes can lead to a layoff or an undesirable reassignment. There are times when you see the writing on the wall, and other times when a layoff is a complete shock. You may feel rejected, devastated and unsure of yourself. Fortunately, you can recover from a layoff with the right attitude and preparation. In some cases, you can emerge from this career setback and land an even better position than before.
If you have not already, take a positive and winning attitude. Don’t be tempted to spend your valuable time lamenting about how life is unfair. Be confident you will create a strategy for success and land in a better position than you previously had. Change sometimes presents itself at inopportune times. Let this situation be one of empowerment, rather than defeat. Contact your most positive and supportive girlfriends. Those are the friends who will encourage and inspire you.
A layoff can be a chance to reinvent yourself. Whether you stay in your current occupation or make a change, your new environment may inspire you to be more creative or explore new opportunities for development. Research the possibilities, assess your skills and acknowledge and define your goal. It is not a goal until you create an actionable plan with a timeline. Don’t delay this process — create your goal and plan today.
Being let go from a job can be painful and stressful. This can affect your physical and emotional well-being, so take care of yourself. Feed your body with nutritious meals and your mind with positive thoughts. Make time to exercise and socialize. Little breaks from job searching are good for you!
Identify and study successful people in your target career. LinkedIn is a good resource for this research. What education, certifications and skills do they possess? Identify opportunities to gain new skills and knowledge to prepare you for your next job. Ongoing professional development is a wonderful idea at any stage in your career. Development is an essential part of overall career planning and growth. If you haven’t previously had time to develop new or existing skills, now is a good time to start with that effort. In addition to allowing you to advance your skills, it will also keep you occupied as you embark on a new search.
Realize that you may not find a job in a month. Depending on the job market, it may take multiple months. In the meantime, you may elect to work in temporary positions or start a short-term business. Some people drive for Uber, tutor students in math or wait tables to pay the bills until they attain their goal. It’s easy to get into a routine and take your foot off the job search gas pedal. Keep up the momentum of your search and be persistent to help you move closer to your goal.
Losing a job can be a shock and may be one of the biggest challenges you face. You will recover more quickly if you accept the circumstances, think positively and develop a plan for your future. With a good strategy, determination and persistence you can accomplish exciting new things.
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