What To Do When You Get Fired
January 22, 2009 at 5:06 AM (PT)
The NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ran this article last NOVEMBER, but the advice in it is more than appropriate in TODAY's radio climate.
Three emotions are likely to dominate the first month following the loss of a job: fear, anxiety and impatience. You know you need to update your resume, scour the want ads and work your contacts, but it is just as important to make sure you are in the right frame of mind. Panic, self-pity and desperation won’t help you find your next paycheck.
Here are 10 tips for coping with a job loss and finding your way back into the workforce:
Catch Your Breath
Give yourself time to figure out your next step. Don’t feel compelled to jump right back into the workforce. When you are ready, keep your options open. The job you end up with may surprise you.
Your next job may be a transitional one. Whether it’s full or part time, embrace it. Every experience is a valuable one and you never know where it may lead. Even freelance or part-time work could lead to a full-time job.
Use your health insurance while you still have it and check in with your doctor and dentist. Eat well and go to the gym. The better you feel, the more positive energy you will have for your job search.
Embrace The Upside
Something good will come from this. You must believe you will end up better off, even if you can’t see it. The world is full of successful people who overcame some bad breaks along the way.
Make a list of your contacts. Extend your health insurance and apply for unemployment benefits. Send a thank you note to your boss and colleagues you enjoyed working with, and ask them to keep you in mind if they hear of suitable positions.
It’s Not You
Your friends and family may seem uncomfortable around you. They may feel sorry for you, they may be embarrassed because they still have a job or your situation might cause them to worry about their jobs. It’s all about them, not you.
Woe Is Not Me
Wallowing in self-pity just won’t help, even if your luck has been hard. Sometimes you know why you were fired, sometimes you don’t. What matters is what lies ahead.
Finding Work Is Work
Looking for a job is your job. Perseverance and patience should be your new best friends. You may have to settle for less, but even in a bad economy, there are jobs for good people.
"I’m excited to be back in the job market because it’s given me a chance to go after a job that I love," sounds a lot better than, "I recently lost my job." Optimists fare better in tough times, so keep your outlook strong.
A prospective employer can learn a lot about you online, and that can be good or bad. Spruce up any profiles you may have on FACEBOOK, MYSPACE or LINKEDIN. Don’t forget to GOOGLE yourself -- an employer sure will. You can’t easily change what’s out there, but if you know what a search will turn up, you can address it.
If You've Recently Lost Your Job
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