Helene shares helpful ways to cope with losing your job:
Don't deny how you feel or keep it in. In a safe place, perhaps your bathroom, let it out. Be sure to share with a trusted friend too. If writing is better tool for you, by all means use it.
In this time of financial stress, many companies are downsizing. And you may be caught in that crunch. Remember, don't take on what is not YOURS. However, always take inventory when you leave a job: how you can improve and what you did right.
You have felt your feelings, shared them with a trusted friend, now MOVE ON. Do you need to reinvent yourself - change the type of work you've been doing? Change industries or just jobs? Make dinner for a group of your friends. Tell them the topic of conversation will be YOU, what your next moves might be. There is strength in numbers, but be selective about their feedback.
Even if you aren't at your strongest, act like you are. No one wants to hire someone who doesn't appear confident. And you'd be surprised, when you start acting 'as if you are,' you are likely to feel that way.
Go to events. If someone invites you, say "yes," even when you want to say "no." Circulate, circulate, and circulate. Take short-term jobs in the interim. You never know who you will meet and who might introduce you to the very person you want to meet.
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