By Rod P.
When someone is informed of the loss of their job, they tend to go through some
very definable stages in adapting to the change. The initial response is denial, a
deep feeling of shock and disbelief. While they may understand what is happening, it’s still difficult to grasp in its entirety. It’s usually at this point that their emotions begin to take precedence.
Feelings of anger, fear, and confusion — particularly at the beginning — are very
normal. Your goal, however, is to move away from these reactions by focusing on
the future and taking control of your life. If you find yourself unable to do so,
consider counselling as an option. Do not let depression or inaction set in!
One of the first steps that needs to be taken is to examine your financial situation.
Look carefully at your resources and liabilities and look for ways to cut expenses as quickly as possible. Try to develop an economic survival plan that will buy you some time and breathing space. Completing this one activity should give you an
immediate confidence boost. For many, this task may seem difficult, but there is
help available. Make an appointment to meet with a credit counsellor and take
advantage of their advice and creativity to ease the pressure of your financial
Having a routine is important! Set daily goals regarding job searches and social
contacts and then go after them. Spend a little time each evening planning the next day, just as if you were working. Knowing that the more you can accomplish the next day, the better you are going to feel.
Establishing smaller goals and objectives that are a little easier to achieve, can help keep you motivated. As you reach these interim goals, you can get a sense of accomplishment and that you have taken a step in the right direction.
Keep an open mind and consider all career options. This is an opportunity to re-
examine your goals. Be willing to take advantage of counselling opportunities,
training or seminars on job searching and career development. Even if you don’t
feel like going, you will always benefit by picking up some useful tips and more
importantly, you will realize that you are not alone and that there are others in the same boat as you.
Try to read and learn as much as you can. If you haven’t been in the job market for a while, chances are your resume, cover letter, job search, and interview techniques are a little rusty. If you want some guidance, CSE Consulting offers professional resume review, cover letter guidance, and interview preparation in all of its locations.
Lastly, do not close yourself off from emotional support. Talking to others can also help you move from the negative to the positive and can reduce your sense of isolation.