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How to Recover from a Job Loss

If you or a loved one has experienced a job loss, it can be a very overwhelming experience emotionally, physically and financially. The business environment is changing constantly so the ability to remain curious, agile and resilient is essential to endure the ups and downs. I’ve created a 5-step plan that can guide anyone through this process.

The first step is to take some time to deal with the job loss emotionally. Even if a layoff or furlough was expected, it can be shocking and demoralizing when it happens and coping with those feelings in a healthy manner should take precedent.

The second step is to review your options and figure out where you stand financially. If you are able to take some time off, I would recommend doing so. If you cannot afford to do so, I suggest reaching out to your current network to inform them of the situation and get any leads or recommendations.

The third step is to figure out what you really want to do next professionally. An unexpected job loss is a great opportunity to reevaluate your career and decide if you want to head in a new direction. I would suggest taking the time to take inventory of what you enjoy doing and what your future goals are. This can be used as a guide when evaluating future opportunities.

The fourth step is educating yourself. When you take a look at the goals you have, are there any gaps that exist in skillsets or knowledge that can assist you in obtaining the next career opportunity? I would always answer a YES to this as the world is rapidly changing and there is always new information to learn. There are many free options online. Once you have identified the gaps, invest the time in learning them.

The final step is to connect with others. Who are the people you want to learn from? Make a list and reach out to them. If you know them personally, reach out via phone, text or email. If you don’t, a LinkedIn message or email can work. The goal is to open up the dialogue to learn more and if an opportunity presents itself to assist them with something, do it. This builds a solid connection that can lead to more opportunities.

If you have a question, want to share some thoughts or are interested in learning more, connect with me.


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