Job security is not like it used to be and unlike the ‘old days’, the majority of jobs these days only last a few years. So whether the company you are working for is restructuring or downsizing and your job becomes non-existent, or for other reasons you suddenly find yourself unexpectedly unemployed, it’s not the end of the world. Although it might seem to be at the time, there is always a bright side and you want to be in a position to leave your job with your head held high.
Here are a few things to remember to help you in this difficult time.
Without a doubt this is a difficult and stressful time for you, but dwelling on what has occurred and wallowing in self-pity will not make your situation any better. In fact it only makes it worse. Blaming others won’t improve things either. No job is going to last forever. Get over it, and then get on with it.
This can be a tough one to follow, especially if you leave on bad terms. But creating a scene and/or bad-mouthing your ex-employer only reflect badly on you. Word can also get around and no one wants to hire someone who bad-mouths a former employer. You don’t want to appear bitter no matter how angry you may be. Don’t go online and place negative remarks either. Again, all of this type of behaviour is destructive and in the end it is you that looks bad.
If you have been fired for something you didn’t do and this can not only harm your reputation but also any future jobs, then make sure you get this sorted out. Seek legal advice especially if it’s close to a work accident claim you’ve made.
Take time out
Take time to let all that has happened sink in. Don’t make any decisions straight away – you may regret rash decisions later on. See this as an opportunity rather than a setback.
Plan your next move
Sit down and write yourself out a plan of where you will go from here. What career path do you want to follow? What skills do you have? Who can you approach? Make sure you talk to as many family members, friends and other contacts as possible so people know you are looking for work. Many jobs come from word of mouth. You want to impress future employers and this is the time to plan your next move.
Learn your lesson from this experience. Admit your mistakes and where you may have gone wrong to help you with future employment. Trying to improve areas of your personality and work on your flaws will help not only in your new job but other areas of your life as well.
Take any available job to pay the bills if you have to. Don’t be too proud. Money is money and whatever job you need to take to help pay the bills is only until you can get yourself back on your feet and into the job you really want. You never know, you might make friends that turn into contacts for a new career!
Every cloud has a silver lining. Everything we face in life is a challenge and how we deal with a difficult situation helps us grow and shapes who we are and the person we become. Although losing your job can be a major set back in life and not one so easily accepted, it is yet another hurdle to be faced in life and acting with dignity can keep your reputation intact allowing you to hold your head up high.