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Dealing With Job Loss During the Pandemic

Job loss is a painful experience for anyone who has had to experience it. Losing your job due to poor performance is bad, but as many people have experienced recently, losing your job due to no fault of your own is even worse. When it comes to getting back on your feet, a positive attitude will separate you from everyone else trying to get back on their feet. Here are some things to help you get through this difficult period and get back on your feet: You are not your job, Keep looking forward, Positive people are the only people you want around you, Take care of yourself, Utilize your network, Finding a job is your job and Trust yourself and the process.

1) You are not your job; it does not define you

Losing your job might be a very personal experience for some but you cannot allow yourself to take it personally. Individuals who view their job loss as a representation or sign of personal inadequacy or failure are less likely to make it through this difficult period quickly as they beat upon themselves. Instead, try to view it as an unfortunate experience that can provide a valuable opportunity to grow and learn from the situation, reassess and redefine your priorities. Your company, employer, and job title do not define who you are, you define who you are. Potential employers will prefer individuals who have proven their capability of being resilient, positive, and confident when having to deal with such setbacks in life.

2) Keep Looking Forward

Don’t let yourself get stuck in the past. Replaying the event you can no longer change only maintains a cycle of potentially destructive emotions such as pity, anger, and a sense of hopelessness. Look ahead and keep your focus on your future and the things you have control of, such as budgeting your money in a difficult period, preparing what is needed for the new opportunities for income, and strengthening the relationships with the people and organizations which can help you find your next job.

3) Positive people are the only people you want around you

The people you keep can directly influence how you see yourself, your current situation and what you do to improve it. Be intentional regarding the people you keep around you. Don’t allow negative people and their energy to fill the positive environment you are creating for yourself. Negativity and unconstructive behavior waste precious time and energy which you can use to get yourself back to where you want to be. Surround yourself with people who lift you up and have a desire to see you thrive.

4) Take Care of Yourself

Be intent on taking care of yourself and doing whatever it takes to take care of yourself. Get outside, go for a walk, get your blood pumping or just do something that keeps your spirits high. By keeping your spirits high and taking care of your physical and mental health, you help create the environment needed in pursuit of your next job.

5) Utilize your network

As the saying goes “Your network is your net worth” comes to life here. Reach out to people you know and try to get support in making introductions and connections for jobs that may be available yet not advertised. Never underestimate the power of your network to open doors and opportunities to get you that chance you’ve been looking for.

6) Finding a Job is Your Job

Structure your day and manage your time. Create a routine that incorporates your job search each day. Ensure you are intentional each day about what you want to get done, when and how you intend to do so. Create a plan for your job search with a strategy, goals, and steps to your process.  This will become your daily priority as you work to get yourself back to where you want to be.

7) Trust yourself and the process

Sometimes things take time. Be calm, focus on your budget to know how far your money can stretch, and concentrate on keeping all of the above-mentioned considerations a part of your daily life. Keep drawing from the experience and trust yourself to do what is in your best interest.
Difficult periods in time are meant for us to overcome, not be defeated or defined by them. You can and will overcome these difficult times with focus and perseverance. The lessons you will learn have the ability to shape you and make you better for your future. To learn more about dealing with Job Loss, visit: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/job-loss-and-unemployment-stress.htm

 

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