You lost your job: Now What?
You are in a panic and your benefits are running out. You are close to or are already dipping into your 401K. You’ve applied for jobs you’ve seen online, but no offers. I understand: let’s deal with it!
this article originally appeared on LinkedIn
4 Things to Do When You Lose Your Job
1. Be Honest with Family and Friends You can not be successful in transitioning to a new career without the support of family and friends. Your first reaction may be to save face and hide the fact that you lost your job. In reality, your family and friends are potential job search allies: IF they know you lost your job.
2. Get Your Head Together and Deal With Your Anger Don’t burn bridges with your former employer and colleagues. Bashing and trashing your ex-boss is easy to do on social media: and hard to delete when you realize your mistake. Transitioning to a new career requires good references and work history. And potential employers will be researching you on social media: and they won’t want to hire a potentially hostile employee.
3. Identify Resources to Find Your Impact Zone A career crisis is an opportunity to change gear. Your professional goals may change mid-career, compared to when you just started out. Even if this career transition was unplanned and unwanted, change your mindset and think of it as an opportunity to try new things and use new skills. This could be your opportunity to follow your passion; or it may be the time to maximize your income potential. Figure out what you’re good at, what you’re not good at and what you really want to do. And what resources you need to help you find your impact zone: the place your talents and skills can make a difference.
4. Find a Career Coach to Give You Sense of Reality and Help You Move On There are many reasons someone loses their job:
- job performance
- the economy
- new technology
You need to know what you must do to make yourself employable. Its not only updating your resume and LinkedIn profile – although those are necessary too. Career transition is more than rebranding: finding a new job requires that you assess your skill set against current employer needs, and make the changes necessary to meet your target’s jobs requirements.
A career coach is an investment in your professional future to help you make changes, such as:
√ assess your career to date
√ identify new career opportunities
√ address skill needs and how to bridge the gap
√ rebrand – including the resume and LinkedIn updates
√ develop your interview skills
Job loss and career transition is not easy. Your priority is to deal with it, move on and find a new job.