Losing a job can happen to anyone, at any time. It’s one of the most stressful events you can face. These resources can help you take care of the basics, cope with losing your job, and move beyond job loss.
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How are you doing?
However you react to being out of work, it’s important to stay in touch with what you’re experiencing during this stressful time. These exercises will help you assess how you’re doing as you deal with the loss of your job, work through ways to take care of yourself, connect to your network, and get ideas for staying positive.
When people feel they have lost control over their lives, they sometimes compensate by becoming overly critical of people and things around them. Do you have this tendency?
It's important to take care of yourself and pay attention to what your body is telling you. Are you paying attention to your body?
It’s important to keep things in perspective and to stay as positive as you can. What are you saying to and about yourself?
Feelings of frustration, depression, worry, and anger will come and go as you adjust to losing your job. How did you feel right after losing your job? How are you feeling now?
Caring for yourself and nurturing your spirit will help you cope with the challenges in your life. Think of the things you enjoy doing, and make time to treat yourself to them.
No one makes it alone. Give others a chance to help you cope with your job loss.
Different strategies work for different people. Give your self-esteem a boost by making 1 or more of these lists.
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How can you restart your life and career?
To change your life, you need to turn your dreams into goals. To reach your goals, you need to be clear on what you want. Set SMART goals.
Make an action plan for each SMART goal to give you a step-by-step strategy to achieve your dreams. Identify the barriers you might face, so you can think of ways to overcome them.
Use these exercises to get on the way to a bright new future.
Writing down your goals can motivate you to achieve them. Record your goals and identify what needs to be done by when.
Your action plan defines how you will accomplish your goal. The first step is to break things out into manageable pieces.
Identify the barriers you’ll need to overcome in order to reach your goals.
Knowing how to identify and market your employability skills will help you impress potential employers and improve your chances of landing the job you want.
An estimated 80% of the jobs available at any given time are unadvertised. How can you find out about these jobs and apply for them? One of the best ways is by contacting employers directly.
Looking for work takes a lot of energy. Handling the inevitable ups and downs of your work search is much easier when you take steps to maintain your positive attitude and renew your sense of hope.