You have just lost your job. Now what do you do?
List blogs can easily be purely theoretical. Since I lost my job yesterday, this may be more down to earth. Here are five things that I would suggest.
- Don’t get angry. One of the stages of grief (and people do grieve the loss of a job) is anger. Someone has to be blamed. The employers. The co-workers. God. Yourself. The temptation is to put all the emotional energy into anger. It is a waste of energy and will only make the situation worse.
- Don’t panic. There is anxiety that goes with losing a job. This is especially true when you have a spouse and children. Bills need to be paid and groceries need to be bought. Focusing on these things will only cloud your mind for the things that need to be done.
- Come up with a plan. Instead of moping about how unfair life is, do something about it. Put together your resume. Apply to some jobs. Figure out what kind of career you want to have. What re-training do you need? Put it all together into a plan because that next job won’t (normally) just fall into your lap.
- Come up with another plan. Don’t put all your eggs into one basket. You may see the perfect job that is just right for you. Those employers may not see it exactly the same way. Hope for that job but have some other parallel plans so that you are not starting from scratch if one plan does not work out.
- Get some rest. There is work to be done to get that next job. But there is also time that you don’t normally have. Do some of the things that you keep putting off. Hang out with your family. Take a nap. See the time as a gift.
This post is as much for me as for anyone. As a Christian, I would add prayer. Ask God to guide you. Ask for wisdom and discernment when opportunities come. God bless you who are on the job search.