I have been there myself more times than I care to remember. Even with all my experience and knowledge of the recruitment industry, losing a job never got easier. However losing my job made me much more resilient to unexpected change and I learnt how to approach and manage job loss as indeed you will too.
Like most unpredictable things in life, losing your job suddenly can be frightening. It does not help that we are navigating through a global pandemic right now too, dealing with uncertainty in every aspect of our lives. As long as you can maintain your physical and mental strength, you CAN get through this.
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Treat your job loss as you would the loss of an important relationship in your life.
Give yourself time to acknowledge what has happened. You need to process the emotions associated with losing your job. Take time to mourn and come to terms with it and once you are ready, start preparing a plan to get a new job. You need a clear mind and to be fully focused in this difficult job market. Thinking about your old job will only hold you back. It’s time to let go of the past and look towards a brighter future.
Prepare a plan
Now that your mind is clear and you’re ready to get back on the market it is time to make a plan. Think about whether you want to go back to the same type of job you had before or if it is time for a new beginning. Consider your current situation, financial situation and career situation before deciding if you need a long term plan, short term plan or both. You might need a short term plan to get you a job which will financially support. It might not be your dream job but it keeps the money rolling in while you consider other options. Alternatively you might need a long term plan in order to achieve what you actually want to do with your life e.g. build a new business or find a new career. Now is the time to do it!
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If you decide to go it alone, you need to decide what you want; a short term job, new career, your own business or going back to the same type of role you had before. Once you decide, you need to do some research and find the right connections to get your foot in the door. You need a good CV and LinkedIn profile and you need to be prepared for every type of interview to the best of your ability.
I know it is easier said than done. Applying for hundreds of jobs, filling out one long application after another with little or no results can be demotivating. I have been there myself. Staring at another rejection email or maybe not even hearing back from a recruiter after an interview is never fun but it is a reality you will have to deal with. That is why you need something to keep you going. Money is definitely a good motivator, especially if you are running out and have bills to pay. But you need something to get you through the tough days. You need to turn your focus to your long term plan and take steps toward building your dream life with your dream job. It will help to refocus you when you want to pack it all in.
Take care of your mind and body
These are stressful times even if you’re lucky enough to not be looking for a job. Staying indoors, not knowing when the global pandemic is going to end and how the world will look after is stressful enough as it is. Looking for a new job and worrying about your income is the last thing you need. To be able to cope with this pressure and stress, you need to stay healthy both mentally and physically.
It won’t help you if you burn yourself out and your body and mind can’t cope anymore. It just makes it that much harder to get back on your feet. Try to take small steps. What really helps me for example is a 30 min walk in the morning when the streets are quiet. It gives me an opportunity to collect my thoughts and listen to meditation music. I meal prep healthy food on Sunday so I don’t have to worry about what to eat. I drink at least two litres of water and have a treat on the weekend. It’s not a crazy lifestyle by any means but I feel good about myself and that what’s important. You too need to find a way to give your body and mind the tools to help get you through these difficult times.