When he was fired he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.
The quoted statement is so true of many who have suffered job loss. Society’s perils and pleasure encourages many to link the meaning of life as the very grain of their existence. Too often it is indeed so. Jobs provide a means of livelihood. At the lower level, some provide the basics of food, shelter, and such essentials of life’s needs. Higher paying jobs provide for higher needs that often includes fame, fortune, and all the flashy stuff that make those who hold them the envy of society. But oh the stress and strain caused when blindsided by sudden job loss.
Survive: Get Over the Hump
What can we do if we fall prey to such occurrence? Here I share a few strategies:
- Allow yourself to mourn the loss. Cry if you must. It’s good therapy.
- After your period of mourning, face the truth that the situation is for real, and it’s time to move on.
- Take hold of your life. Reflect on where you are now. Then reflect on your next steps and what you can do about your situation.
- Hopefully, you had saved for rainy days like this. It is suggested that you have 3-6 months savings to help you ride the waves until you get another job.
- Start searching for a new opportunity.
- Assess your skills to meet the changes in the market. Are you skilled in another area that you did not even think of?
- How is your resume? Your social profile? Do they depict the message you want to send?
- Connect with your network who can refer you to new opportunities
- Treat your job search like a job. Know that it takes time.
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