Tips For Dealing With Job Loss
There’s no easy way around it: losing your job is tough. No matter what caused your unemployment, it can be easy to lose focus and confidence as you search for your next job. The main challenge through the first stage of unemployment is learning to channel your uncertainty and energy to help fuel your next step and move on. Remember that you aren’t alone in your struggle to find employment, and by following just a few tips you’ll already be better prepared for when the next opportunity comes along.
Reach out for support.
Even if you feel like you have everything under control right now, there’s bound to be some point in your journey to a new job that will have you emotionally drained and in need of support. Friends and family are there for both the highs and lows in your life, so don’t turn them away in favor of leaning on yourself.
Want an instant pick-me-up? Get out into your community as a volunteer and help make a difference in someone else’s life. Performing an act of kindness has been shown to give an instant boost of “feel good” chemicals and will help to make you more thankful for the little things in life. Besides keeping you from idly sitting at home, volunteering will help you to build your network and have something to talk about with potential employers.
Focus on self-improvement.
Remember that you are not defined by your job status. Rather than taking a job loss as a personal rejection, you can use the time you have to make personal gains. Have you been neglecting your health? Have a hobby that you’ve neglected for years? It’s time to turn things around and realign your priorities now that work is out of the picture. Start exercising to cope with stress, take up a new hobby with friends, or start learning a new skill to add to your resume. The happier you are with your life, the more positively and passionately you can approach the next big step you are working towards.
Make finding your next full-time job a job.
Don’t knock taking a break to collect yourself right after the initial letdown, but once you’ve had time to regroup it’s important to build structure back into your everyday routine. Write up a plan of action towards obtaining your goal – whether it’s finding a new position or creating an entirely new opportunity – and start working in small steps to achieve it. There are plenty of tools at your disposal to help you find a job, so make the most of them. Search online job boards, network with the local chapter of your industry’s professional organizations and visit job fairs in your area. If you don’t feel comfortable reworking your resume, a staffing agency like Incepture can take the headaches out of a job search by working for employers to find qualified candidates.
Take the time to explore new opportunities.
Sometimes the end of one stage can be a great push towards a whole new direction. If your last job wasn’t fulfilling enough and you found yourself wishing you were doing something else, why not go for it? Explore all your passions and test doing them full-time, whether through small independent contracts or by starting your own business. Even if it’s not bringing in the salary you might be used to, never underestimate the value of fulfilling work.
By: Vance Miller
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