Bear market by azrainman
Nobody likes a layoff. They’re stressful, upsetting, and often unpredictable, leaving you reeling from an unexpected job change. With an unstable economy as well, this can be a time of great fear and worry for many job seekers.
But take hope. Since you cannot make your company rehire you, it’s time to look at the positives. Now is your chance to:
- Use time off to slow down and rest
- Evaluate job likes and dislikes
- Try a new occupation
- Look for work closer to home
- Limit TV and news
- Plan fun distractions and breaks
First, take a few deep breaths. When you’ve calmed your nerves, start by taking stock of your options. Did you receive a severance package? Do you have a few months savings to get you by for a while? If so, take a few days of rest for your own mental and physical health. Sleep in, take a walk in the park, watch the sunset or rent some of your favorite movies.
Next, take stock of your last job. What were the pros and cons for you? Two people can hold the same job and feel entirely different about it. By discovering the job traits you enjoy – working with numbers versus working with people, or working with your hands rather than your mind, you can set yourself up for success in your next job.
Perhaps now is the time to try a new occupation. Rarely are most people completely happy and overjoyed with their current job. Many long for a chance to try a new position, industry or duties. If there’s a possibility you may enjoy another line of work, or perhaps you have a hobby that could be a lucrative skill, think about testing new waters. Too many of us stay locked in unfulfilling careers because the benefits are good, or we’re afraid to leave a secure situation.
Make sure to limit your exposure to cable and newspapers. Listening to the never-ending reports of job loss and financial problems will only make you more fearful and nervous. To succeed you need to be focused and prepared. Be proactive and use your time to refine your job skills, update and improve your resume, and prepare a list of your strengths and accomplishments so you can answer those tough interview questions.
Plan some fun into everyday. Pleasure and fun is not something you do only when you’re feeling good. When you are frightened, sad, or anxious it is important to have something to distract you, so your worry doesn’t turn into obsession. Looking at the positive results of layoffs is hard, but the rewards are worth it. Your problems won’t leave if you focus on solutions, but you will be better equipped to handle them.