Losing a job can be an emotionally traumatic time and can bring plenty of stress and anxiety. It’s crucial that you recognise that there is nothing wrong with grieving for the loss of your job and the sudden change in your lifestyle. You had a particular future in mind and relationships with co-workers who you are used to seeing every day and, possibly overnight, this has disappeared. Of course, this does not mean that this has to be a disastrous period in your life. In fact, many people turn the loss of a job into an opportunity to reinvent and improve their life.
Here are five tips which should help you to bounce back after losing your job and get your life firmly back on the road to success, sooner rather than later.
Consider your options
If you genuinely believe you have been unfairly discriminated or dismissed against, you may be concerned about bringing legal action against your employer and are reluctant to start a complicated court case. However, in many cases, the resolution is not a court hearing but an out-of-court settlement agreement between an employer and employee. This is often much quicker and less stressful, so speak to a solicitor about your options before dismissing the idea completely.
Focus on the future
When you have processed what has happened, it’s time to leave the past behind and focus on the future. You can’t change what has happened, unfortunately, but you can control how it affects what happens next. What can you learn from your experience and what steps do you need to take to create a more positive present and future? This experience could be an opportunity to start a new career or to re-evaluate your priorities.
Remember that your career does not define you
We spend much of our time at work, and often our job may seem as if it is an intrinsic part of who we are, but it is not. A professional setback is bound to affect you personally, but this does not mean that you should internalise feelings of failure or inadequacy. You may have been let go because of economic factors which were not in your control and the more resilience and positivity you can find within yourself, the more attractive a candidate you will be for future employers.
Make self-care a priority
When you lose your job, it’s natural to want to hide away, indulge in comfort food and feel a bit sorry for yourself. While this may help for a few days, it is dangerous to let this behaviour continue for too long. Make self-care a priority by trying to eat healthily, getting regular exercise and staying connected with family and friends. Positivity in others can be very contagious so try to spend time with people who build up your confidence and take advantage of this extra time you have to do the things you enjoy.
Reach out to your professional network
When you’re ready to get back to it, it’s time to get in touch with your professional network and see what opportunities are out there. The more people you can connect with and inform that you are looking, the more likely it is that you’ll come across potential openings. Click here to find out how LinkedIn can help you in your job search.