Jeepers if this pandemic wasn’t stressful enough on its own, now we have to have the additional stress of a potential job loss. Can’t a girl catch a break?
We know losing your job can be shocking and devastating. A lot of us tend to link our self-worth to the work we do. How can we blame you, it is a vital factor of what makes us happy? So, when someone loses their job we do tend to blame ourselves and what we did wrong to end up unemployed. Even if you are a strong person your self-esteem and mental well-being can take a dive when you find yourself jobless.
So how can we cope with this setback and what tools can we use to help us bounce back?
Look after yourself
Finding out that you have been let go is not easy so it’s important for you to give yourself some time to absorb what has happened. Stay calm and do not start job searching immediately. This will lead to unnecessary anxiety. Take enough time for yourself to realize what has happened and how to manage it but also make a point of moving on and deciding to no longer dwell on the past. It is what it is.
Review your finances
Debts, expenditures and taxes don’t stop when losing your job. We wish this was the case but unfortunately not. However, with that being said its very important to review your finances immediately and re-evaluate your monthly expenses to cut down any and all unnecessary expenditure. Best way to do this is to create a budget that considers your new situation. Feel like you need more advice seek professional help just so you don’t unintentionally live beyond what you can afford.
Focus on what you can control
Remember and remind yourself that you are only able to control so much after having lost your job. A perfect example would be that you no longer have any control over your income, you do however have control over your budget, your mental health and your physical health.
Create a plan of action
Get your cv and referrals in order, once you have given yourself enough time to process everything. Update your CV and LinkedIn profile. Let recruiters know you are seeking a new job on your social media pages. Have a browse at what’s available online and ask any friends if they know of anyone hiring. Word of mouth is super powerful. Make sure your skills are up to date and it not bounce back and get more informed about newer technologies and upskill.
Remember to network – by reconnecting with friends, professors, former colleagues and recruiters. There’s no harm in reaching out and letting them know you are looking for something new. Also focus on building professional relationships by attending events by events put on by organizations within your industry.
Keeping a positive mindset can make or break your success when it comes to managing job loss or creating your next career step. It’s so easy to slip into a worst-case scenario outlook but remember to keep empowering your thoughts and positive energy to pursue new opportunities. Just think sometimes retrenchments can be a blessing in disguise and open up possibilities that you might never have considered. We know it’s hard but always try to stay future-focused, believe in yourself and your abilities and set yourself up for success.
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