Complicated and strong emotions are likely to swirl around in your head after you find out that you have been terminated or made redundant. The sudden loss of a job can bring on a lot of stress, which can impact your health and your relationships. Taking control of the situation as much as possible will help you re-order your life and routine.
1.) Take a Break – Your thoughts and feelings may be in turmoil after you lose your job. If you feel you were terminated unfairly or you were made redundant without notice, you may feel surprise, anger, bewilderment, or sadness, among many other emotions. Take time out for yourself to evaluate your feelings and to figure out how to best deal with them. This does not mean spend a lot of money on a vacation — unless you feel comfortable doing so –, but it does mean to spend some quiet time thinking about your emotions.
2.) Make a Plan – Planning what to do next will help you organize your life in your new circumstances. Cutting back on expenses, registering with job websites and help centres, and revamping your resume or CV will likely make your to-do list. Determine whether you want to go back to school to learn a new trade or profession, or whether you want to perhaps start your own business.
3.) Take Action – This step can take a number of forms. For example, you might start volunteering to stay current in your field, use your expertise, network with other professionals in your field, and to regain a sense of purpose in life that many feel they lose when they no longer have a job. Also, start applying for jobs as often as you can. However, avoid applying to so many that the quality of your applications suffers. This can increase the time it takes to find another job. If you plan to take a course, start researching and applying to ones that will help you land a new position.
Removing yourself from the difficult situation of suddenly finding yourself without work is essential to finding a new job. Then deciding what you want to do and how you want to do it will help you organise your mind and your job search. Finally, taking action on your plan will get you going in a new and exciting professional direction.