10 Tips on Recovering From a Job Loss

Most people experience at least one unplanned job loss during their career. Being displaced or losing a job can be very challenging on multiple levels. It’s typical to have feelings of disbelief, anger, grief, along with concerns about financial security.

There are positive things you can do right now to recover from a job loss.

If you’re experiencing a job loss, there are positive things you can do right now. This has become even more evident in the trying times of the coronavirus. Here are 10 tips to help you recover from a job loss and put you on a path toward the next great step in your career: 

1. It’s normal to have these feelings.

Know that it is normal to have feelings of grief or failure after a job loss. No one is immune to grief. Accept and acknowledge how you feel today.

2. Dwell on the positive.

We have to move through negative thoughts and feelings, not dwell in them. Recognize your negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones. Believing in negative thoughts obstructs success.

3. Worry is a waste of time.

When you find yourself starting to worry, do something constructive that moves you toward your next job. What you do today determines your future. 

4. Don’t quit on yourself.

Don’t quit on yourself, ever. “You just cannot beat a person that doesn’t quit.” – Babe Ruth

5. Document past achievements and successes.

With each success, write down why you were successful. “Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great and honorable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

6. Make your job search an adventure after a job loss.

Your job search might create anxiety. When it does, stop. Then, think instead: “I am excited.” The only difference between anxiety and excitement is that excitement is a positive emotion.

7. Learn two new things every day about successful job hunting.

In order to recover from a job loss, research successful job hunting. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

8. Write 3 things you’re going to tomorrow.

Before dinner, write down the big 3 things you are going to tomorrow for your job search. Also, write down the first thing you are doing to do when you get up. “Plan your work and work your plan.” – Napoleon Hill

9. Expect positive results.

With every action you take, expect a positive result. “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” – Zig Ziglar

10. Find a way to encourage others.

Find others that are struggling. Encourage at least one person each day. Lifting up other people will lift your spirits as you proceed in your job search. 

 

In Conclusion

“Not until we are lost do we begin to find ourselves.” –Henry David Thoreau. Recovery takes time. Recognize where you are, take steps to move forward, and help others along the way. This will improve your mindset and help you get on the path to finding your next job. Contact us for more tips on career development. 

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Written by Mark Whitman

Mark Whitman is the founder of TeamBuilder Search. Mark’s mission is to help clients recruit the top five percent of digital marketing executives, taking great satisfaction in helping clients out-recruit their competition. In the process of fulfilling his mission, he takes great care to help digital marketing leaders elevate their careers. People say Mark owns a recruiting and staffing company. He says he owns a life improvement company. To learn more about Mark visit our Leadership page.
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