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How to be Resilient through Job Loss

How to be Resilient through Job Loss

When people lose their jobs they often go through other losses as well. These can include loss of their network, structure or routine, self-esteem and self-confidence, sense of security, professional identity and purposeful activities. A job can give us all of these things.

Some ways to rebuild these lost aspects are to:

  • Network with former co-workers and broaden your network. Don’t be afraid to network with former co-workers. Some of them could provide career-enhancing ideas and additional contacts for you.  A few of them may not know what to say to you and they will not return your messages. This speaks to their inability to know what to do or how to help, so keep going until you find someone who has the capacity to help you. Take risks and meet new people as well.  
  • Create positive routines and structure within your day. Notice what is going well throughout your day and give yourself credit for these actions and the progress you have made. You don’t have a pay cheque or a boss who will give you credit, so be sure to give yourself some positive feedback.
  • List your accomplishments and skills. Focusing on your positives can help to boost your mood and elevate your energy to get the work of the job search done.
  • Spend time with people who see your efforts and the progress you are making. Affirming and helpful people are great to be around. Be sure to be helpful with them, give as well as take support with these gemlike friends and family.
  • Volunteer in your industry and beyond to network and develop skills. People that volunteer within their industry often have their finger on the pulse of what is happening. By volunteering within the industry you get to spend time with these knowledgeable and well-networked individuals. Volunteering outside your industry is a sure way of developing desired skills and expertise. 
  • Read current industry related material. This way you can stay on top of trends and developments in your targeted field.
  • Set a mission or vision for yourself as you are looking for work. Setting a large and noble goal can ensure you have a reason to get up in the morning and continue doing what it takes within the work search.

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Written by : Mary-ann

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