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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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Companies often hire for attitude because they benefit so much from these positive employees. Your ability to be resilient supports a positive attitude. How can you be this resilient employee with the good attitude? 

When your behaviour aligns with the following resilient behaviours you can promote these benefits to organizations you are applying to or working within.   

 
Employers benefit from their positive attitude. How can you do this?
  • Be keen and curious, embracing and chasing change and learning
  • Say yes to assignments, even when that means climbing around, under or over walls to progress
  • Play full out giving it your all to benefit both yourself and others
  • Determine who boosts your energy and surround yourself with these people
  • Boost your spirit and fill your mind with positive information, reading, videos or audios
  • Acknowledge and celebrate small wins which will lead to bigger wins
  • Take breaks to re-energize yourself
  • Cherish and embrace laughter and joy when and where it occurs
  • Notice and comment on things you are grateful for 
 
Employers gain from their focus on the right things. How can you do this?
  • Work hard and keep learning
  • Reinvent yourself as trends within your industry evolve and change
  • Develop a personal mission statement that brings out the best in yourself or is focused on outcomes larger than yourself
  • Motivate those around you by reframing negative situations into possibilities, opportunities, and learning
  • Be professional and optimistic enough to enjoy the adventure in the unexpected
  • Look adversity in the eye and know that with time and effort something good will come of it
  • Create your own destiny by stepping up to what you can do to aid situations
  • Hold onto a positive vision of your team’s and organization’s future especially when things aren’t going well
  • Get centered quickly after you get knocked about by assessing what happened and asking for help and support
 
Employers benefit from their emphasis on “we” over “me”. How can you do this?
  • Smile at, welcome, and be polite with others
  • Know that relationships are more important than things
  • Befriend and find ways to cheer up your co-workers
  • Notice and let others know when they are doing a good job
  • Be happy for and congratulate others when they succeed

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