Once upon a time, maybe, losing your job was a devastating blow to your career. But not anymore.
In the aftermath of the Great Recession and now the COVID-19 pandemic, job loss has become a pretty common career occurrence. Being able to move on from a job loss these days has more to do with mental fortitude, a good strategy and taking action than it has to do with the actual event.
With this in mind, consider the following six ways to move ahead after losing your job.
1) Grieve, But Don’t Wallow in It
The loss of a job, particularly when it isn’t by choice, is like any loss in that it should be grieved. It’s completely normal to mourn the loss of a job, however, the longer you take to process your loss, the harder it can be to get back to work.
2) Act Like You Still Have a Work Routine
A good initial approach to a job loss is to treat it like a scheduled vacation from your old job. After giving yourself a week or two off, you should get back to a workday-like routine. Get dressed every morning as if you’re leaving the house. Eat a healthy breakfast. Do some job searching. Take a lunch break. May leave the house in the afternoon to do some networking. They say looking for a job is a full-time job, and embracing this with a routine will help you maintain an essential professional mindset.
3) Expand Your Horizons
Do you want to learn a new skill or a foreign language? Have you thought about going back to school or launching your own business? If you have newfound time and the financial ability to do so, take advantage of the opportunity to expand your horizons.
4) List Your Valuable Skills
Some people do the same job for so long, it feels more like a routine than the application of marketable skills. Take a step back and write down your valuable skills, from technical abilities to your interpersonal ‘soft skills’. Then, focus your job search or personal development activities based on your core set of abilities.
5) Don’t Dwell on Rejection
You’re going to experience rejection throughout the course of a job search, and it can be easy to feel personally insulted when this happens. However, you should attempt to use rejection as a learning experience. Think about how you could reword your cover letter or answer questions differently in your next interview.
6) If You Need Help, Ask for It
If you have a background of depression or think you might be depressed, don’t hesitate to ask for help. A counselor or primary care physician can give you the treatment you need to tackle your job search head–on.
We Can Help
At NSC, we’re always helping people move on from a job loss. Please contact us today to find out how we can help.