What To Do When You Lose Your Job
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WHAT TO DO AFTER YOU LOSE YOUR JOB
Losing a job is never easy. “Give yourself time to grieve and work through the loss. When you're ready, commit yourself fully to find the best job for you. It's rough but you'll get through it.”
Sarah Caruso, Administrative Assistant
Reframe this as a time for growth. “Change can be scary, but it is just outside of your comfort zone that you find out exactly what you are made of.”
Kimberly O'Bannon, Deputy Program Manager
Take the good, leave the bad. “List what you contributed to the job, what you got out of it that you can carry forward, and ways those things could be applied to a new job. Once you feel sure of these things, you’ll be able to convey them to the next employer. In a real way, we have to convince ourselves first.” Bridget M.M. S., Office Admin., Coach, Writer
Keep a routine, and keep moving. “Get out of the apartment as if you were going to work. Workout at a gym early morning, go back home and prepare a lunch daily. The key is remaining focused and positive over losing a job. Work on you while unemployed.”
Edna Marie Norman, MSHRM, Executive Secretary
“Seize this opportunity to develop new skills. There are plenty of courses online that are free and useful, like computer programming courses for example, or even a second language!”
Katherine Copas, Marketing Communications Specialist
Get creative. “Try finding a work-at-home niche while searching for employment. There are plenty of opportunities online for different fields. For example, an administrative person can find proofreading and typing work. Sites like Fiverr.com may also offer some cushion. Do a search online. There's so much out there.”
Audrey Malone, Writer, Editor and Administrative Specialist
Make connections in your community. Try doing some volunteer work. It gives you an opportunity to network and give back during this down time.
Chioma Robertson Phillips, HR Director/HR Business Partner
Find out what you truly want. “Reflect on your last position. What did you like/dislike about it? Do you want your next position to be similar or completely different? Before looking for another job, know what you want. Losing a job can definitely be a blessing in disguise. You may just find yourself happier than before.”
Patrice Sutton, Social Media & Sourcing Specialist
And then go after it! “When you're ready, be aggressive. Don't wait for opportunity to find you––find it. And when you land your next adventure, do it energetically. It's a new beginning!”
Stephanie Tastad, Coach, Social Marketing, Event Planning
Doris A. Wright, Administrative Professional
Your dream job is out there. “It sounds like a cliché, but the saying that "when a door shuts a window will open” is true. Sometimes it takes quite a while, but you must keep a positive attitude. It's very frustrating sometimes, but someday soon you will find a company that will give you a chance to prove what an asset you would be.”
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