KEEPING YOUR SELF-ESTEEM AFTER A JOB LOSS

  1. Give yourself time to grieve. Sometimes you don’t think of job loss as being the same as other types of loss, but the shock can be the same, and you should allow yourself some time to go through the standard stages of grief. You will eventually recover from the shock but give yourself an appropriate amount of time to absorb the situation.
  2. Look for a support system. You might feel mostly alone after losing your job. Your initial reaction might be to run and hide and keep your emotions inside. Be sure to fight this feeling and, instead, rely on your support system. Remember: it is okay to ask for help. That is what your support network is for!
  3. Keep up your motivation. After the shock has worn off, it is essential to strive for a certain level of enthusiasm and motivation to find another job. Remember that your new job might be even better than your last one!
  4. Looking for a new job. When you are ready to start the search, consider all your options. You may want to consider whether you enjoyed the field you were in before. Consider your job loss as a new opportunity. Maybe you would like to try bringing your life in a different direction.
  5. Keep an eye on your finances. When you deal with job loss, you must also deal with the financial realities. Determine your current financial situation and how long you have until you must return to work. Maybe you must find a job right away, or perhaps you have enough savings to consider other career options. Whatever the case may be, you should know what the financial implications mean to you and your family.

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