A New Beginning: How to Start Fresh When You Suddenly Lose Your Job

You never thought this would happen to you.

lose-your-job-textFor years, you’ve worked hard, done everything that was asked, and established yourself as a valuable contributor to your employer’s team.

Suddenly, without warning, you’ve been laid off.

Now what?

To make matters worse, all the career advice you find seems geared toward someone who chose to look for greener pastures. You’re not on a journey you’ve chosen. You’re trying not to panic, juggling your family and the bills, and wondering what you should do next.

Let’s talk about first steps toward a solid foundation under your feet. With a calm, thoughtful approach, you’ll be gainfully employed quickly and breathing easier. Sound good? Let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work, so you can get back to work.

What to Do First

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When the sudden shock of losing your job grabs you by the throat, it’s tempting to shy away from others. Who wants to be around people when you feel like your whole world has been turned upside down?

But people are the key to the future you want. First, connect with family. Surround yourself with the people that love you and want to support your success. Allow those connections to nurture you and feed your energy.

Second, tap into your network. Losing your job doesn’t have to mean losing the relationships you’ve built over the years.

Take Your Time

Things feel like they’re moving at the speed of light when you lose your job unexpectedly. Don’t let the pace of your emotions dictate the pace of your approach to the challenge you face.

First, ask your former employer for time before signing any termination agreements. Give yourself a few days to sort out your emotions. If you’re in a position to negotiate for severance and other benefits, give yourself some breathing room to let your mind simmer down and concentrate on what’s best for you.

Also, you don’t have to accomplish everything today. Start small, think small, and keep yourself from becoming overwhelmed.

What’s the one small thing you can do today, right where you are, that will move you closer to getting hired? Reconnect with your contacts. Update your LinkedIn profile. Ask for help.

Whatever you decide to do, concentrate on one small step. Tomorrow’s a fresh day with fresh energy. Take the next step tomorrow. Build on your accomplishments to create unstoppable momentum instead of saddling yourself with unrealistic pressure to get everything done now.

Clean Up Your Act

It’s always a smart career move to keep your presentation clean on Social Media. That’s especially true when you’re suddenly out of a job. Scrub your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and any other Social Media of any negative comment you’ve made about your employer. Those comments you made about skipping work? That status update you’d be mortified that an employer read? Take control of your online presence.

How important is a clean social media presence? Most employers are going to look for you online. Often, the things you think only your friends can see find their way into the eyes and minds of hiring managers. If your phone doesn’t ring for interview requests as much as you expected, the impression you make on social media might be to blame.

Choose the Right Mindset

Your career can be a source of tremendous satisfaction and pride. Unfortunately, it can also turn your life upside down at a moment’s notice. As businesses rapidly change their approaches and objectives, hard-working people get caught in the crossfire of “downsizing” and “reorganization”.

If you’re one of them, don’t take it personally. Choose to remember your strengths, highlight them, and bring them to the attention of the people who can hire you. Before you know it, you’ll be back on your feet and back in the workforce.

What small step will you take today?

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Thank you!

—Vivian Adkins, Resume Writer at Foremost Resumes

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Vivian Adkins, CPRW
Vivian Adkins, CPRW is the owner of Foremost Résumés and a Certified Résumé Writer. On this blog you can learn about résumés, how LinkedIn can help with your job search, how to conduct an online job search, and more.
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