Coping with Job Loss
Laarni Jeanne S. Ruiz
|Anyone who has ever lost a job knows that the grief this employment downfall brings is unspeakable. Insecurity and financial turmoil come with job loss; it will hit your psyche and ego hard and can put your family to different kinds of risks. That's why it's a very frightening affair.
They say that you’re responsible for your own career. Have you recently lost your job? Take action to get out of the rut. We suggest you do the following:
What’s the most frightening part of dealing with job loss? It’s the big hole that unemployment leaves in one’s personal finances. This is a good time to get your family to follow a strict budgeting strategy. List down the things that need your financial attention the most and don’t let your money go to anything outside that list. Find work as a temp or take on several contract assignments if you need to.
Stress and depression are a normal response to job loss; one thing that makes dealing with job loss difficult is the emotional toll it takes on the spirit. Take this as an opportunity to reconnect with your family and friends. They’re the best therapists in this kind of situation. Confiding to them can help get some of the insecurities out. Trying to hide such negative feelings can only result to greater emotional pain.
Job loss leads to a lack of interest in general -- it makes people feel terribly unproductive. What's the best remedy for this? To become productive, what else? Use the time to do worthwhile things that can benefit you like getting contract assignments and volunteering. You might also want to consider going back to school, if you can afford to do so. Take the downfall as an opportunity to learn new skills -- this can improve your CV and make you more valuable to your next set of potential employers. Another good option is to start a home-based business with little output. This can add a little excitement to your life while you're seeking rebound.
When it comes to looking for the 'replacement' job, we don't want you to hurry. Employers may see this as a sign of desperation, rather than a genuine interest for career development. Devise a plan with a timeframe. You have tons of resources, after all. jobsDB.com Singapore is here for instance. Newspapers, job boards and career coaches are also great job hunting resources. Reconnect with your professional contacts as well -- they can help you tap the hidden jobs market. If you're not getting hired right away, rethink your options or consider another career path.
Job loss is a great time to do some thinking. Make a list of your short term and long term goals. Doing this will not only give you a compelling reason to stay productive during the rut but also improve your overall perspective in life. It's an easy task with lots of benefits, really.
And last but not the least, stay positive. None of these tips will work under a heavy heart. Negativity won't help make your problem go away. Losing a job is not the end of the world -- believe that there are countless of better possibilities waiting for you.
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