10 simple ways to bounce back after a job loss

Whether you choose to describe a job loss as furloughed, retrenched, laid off or fired, it can definitely have adverse effects – not only on your career, but on your finances and self-esteem too. This could soon extend to your well-being and security, and sometimes have a domino effect on your family.

While a job loss is not something you can control, the way that you react to it is definitely in your control. With a determination to bounce back, you can turn every adversity into opportunity, even in today’s unpredictable  times. Here are 10 tips to cope, bounce back and enjoy the positive outcome you desire.

Look ahead, stay focused. It’s easy to get stuck in the past and keep reminiscing about what should have happened, but didn’t. Doing so only fuels emotions that perpetuate anger, self-pity and a sense of powerlessness. Always look ahead and stay focused on what you need to do. Set yourself up to succeed on the job front with a concrete plan.

Be resilient. Read positive books, watch inspiring movies, and remember that your family and friends will take their cue from you. Make it apparent that while you may not have chosen your circumstances, you are definitely pulling through and with time and effort will be all the stronger and wiser for it. Take a short break and travel to some place over the weekend if needed.

Create and stick to a schedule. Don’t take too much time to get back in action. After a few days off, bounce back right into the hunt. When you create a schedule and start your day early, you are more likely to get more done. Plus, keeping up with day-to-day tasks makes you less likely to grow depressed.

Decide on a course of action. This could be a right time to think about what you really want to do, not what you have only done all your life. If you work on your transferable skills you could even transition to a complementary industry with ease. Deciding what you want to do should be one of your top priorities. Otherwise, without concrete direction, your job search will be longer. 

Develop a concrete plan. You have direction and know what you want to do. Now is the time to develop a concrete plan to reach that goal. Embark on the journey with small steps starting from updating your resume to building up to your job search activity. Eventually include other activities like networking, engaging on LinkedIn, contacting recruiters, following up on your networking meetings, contacting your alumni and more.

Assess your greatest skills. This is the time to create a list of your strongest skills and accomplishments. These can be added to your new and improved résumé. Next join LinkedIn Groups and expand your reach. Start attending networking events regularly. It’s important to build your new network as more people can help you in your job search.

Tap into your network. The more people who know what you want, the more the number of people who can help you get it. Eighty percent of jobs are never advertised, they are found in the hidden market. Hence the adage “It’s not what you know but who you know” is particularly relevant when it comes to finding those jobs that are filled via word of mouth. Never underestimate the power of a network to open up opportunities and land you that “dream break” you were hoping for.

Stay on top of your industry. Though you may feel like you are down in the dumps, fight the urge to stay away from your industry. To bounce back quickly, and to not miss out on new opportunities, you need to stay on top of the latest technology and industry developments. You can also create a job alert on sites like Indeed, Monster, Glassdoor, Workopolis and others to get the latest job opportunities sent directly to your inbox. 

Step up physical activities. Prioritize self-care and be intentional about taking care of yourself. Do whatever it takes to improve your physical condition. Remember a healthy mind and healthy body complement each other. Increase your walking or basic exercises. It helps to clear your mind and release frustration.

Surround yourself with positive people. Be careful about who you hang out with. Surround yourself with people who lift you up. In the final analysis, you are known by the company you keep. The right people around you can understand your situation and help you improve it.

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