I Lost My Job. What’s Next For Me?

Fret Not. Accept the change and get back on your feet quickly

Welcome to the ever changing world where the job market deteriorates before you know it and recovers when you are still fearful of job losses. Change is a constant today. Recently, one of my friends has fallen victim to the ugly monster called Mr. Retrenchment. But I am amazed at how fast he got back on his feet and prepare for the next challenge ahead. I have crystallized his awesome come-back steps into useful tips for you. Check it out.

Get support. Retrenchment is usually carried out swift and fast, so much so that after the initial shock, you will feel angry and despair. What’s next? Move on and surround yourself with loved ones. It is tempting to withdraw from people and stop socializing but make sure you don’t do that. Stay in close contact with supportive loved ones who will shower you with care and encouragement. They are your source of support and strength in difficult times.

Don’t take it personal. Retrenchment is part and parcel of any economic downturn. It happened in the past and will happen in the future. So, don’t take it personally. Remember, it is the job that axed, not you. As long as you have the relevant experience, qualifications and skill-sets, you will find work in time to come.

Get involved. Stay in touch with your contacts in the industry. Networking is a great way to meet new people, establish new contacts and make yourself known. Thus, network as much as you can because you never know when any of the contacts you have might lead you to the next job or business opportunity.

Words matter. Choose the right words to psyche yourself in a positive way. Avoid using negative words like “idling around” and “good-for-nothing”. Filter the negative words out of your vocabulary and reinforce positive words in you like “I can do it” and “When the going gets tough, the tough gets going” etc.

Update your resume. Give a detailed description of the achievements in each of your past roles and responsibilities. Make sure all the contacts and personal information are updated accurately. Many times, your prospective employers will review your resume first before deciding to meet you for an interview.

Be well groomed. Experts say that it takes about seven seconds to make the first impression. Thus, make the most of it. A natural smile is a must.

Stay motivated. I know it’s not easy to find a job in these tough times. Demand-Supply equation favours the employers now. Don’t let disappointment discourage you. Remains positive because you have the potential to add value to your future employer, contribute to the society and take care of your family. Keep your head up. The rainbow of hope will arrive tomorrow.