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"I've lost my job. Now what?"

It’s something that’s happened to many of us, could happen to all of us, and desired by none of us: losing our job.

I’m all about staying positive, but the reality is that in today’s world, it’s a possibility. So what if it happens to you? Or what if it just did happen to you?

As a Career Coach, I can say from experience that the first few days are very important, especially for getting yourself emotionally and psychologically prepared for the road that’s ahead.

I actually just came across this list of 7 tips of what to do if you have indeed just lost your job. A fellow Career Coach posted these basics, and they fall right in line with what I tell my clients:

1. Don’t keep it a secret.

2. Take a few days to get over the shock, and then GET ACTIVE LOOKING FOR A NEW JOB. DO NOT take an extended vacation.

3. Don’t look back or dwell on the past.

4. Don’t try to do it all yourself. Get help from the professionals.

5. Be proactive. Don’t wait.

6. Take the actions that will get you a job.

7. Keep your focus on how you can make a difference to a potential employer.

I recommend you read the rest of the post and get more details for each tip.

Have you ever lost your job? How do these tips resonate with you from your experiences?

Join the discussion 3 Comments

  • Being unemployed is scary, difficult and life altering. The hardest part is staying positive when the phone does not ring, the reject letters arrive in the mail and the interview you thought was amazing is a bust. But it can be done if you surround yourself with forward thinking people and keep this group close as family and friends are the best cheerleaders.

  • David says:

    Great advice, Mary. You’re right – surrounding yourself with the right people is a MUST in staying positive during such a hard time.

  • Edie R. says:

    I totally agree. It’s very hard to keep a positive attitude, especially when you’ve been unemployed for 15 months. From August to December of last year, and after 100’s of resumes and online applications, I got 2 calls. How depressing. The only saving grace was I received unemployment, subsidy on my healthcare and dental. I’m still unemployed, but have had many interviews, some bad and some very good ones. Still unemployed, but it looks promising because I get interviews. What I also have done is, signed up with 6 staffing agencies (they got me the interviews). Companies are using agencies to screen applicants because they don’t want to go through 1000’s of resumes. Some are contract-to-hire, direct-hire or temporary-to-hire. And as David suggested, join networking organizations and stay active.