Losing a job could mean either you have been laid off or you have been fired. Either ways, unexpected job loss is a huge blow. In addition to the immediate or remote impact it will have on you, it can also lead to feelings of depression, trauma and low self-esteem. Losing a job is compared to a physical ailment because of the career stress that immediately sets in. But losing your job is not the end of the world, it does not mean losing everything!
No doubt, you need some time to grieve about it; especially if the job was the type you loved. However, make it short! Once you get over your grievance, take control of yourself and take the next steps to a better career.
Because you now need to put that negativity behind you and move on to the better things ahead, there are some important steps you should consider taking:
BE CAREFUL OF YOUR ACTIONS AND DECISIONS
Be composed and keep calm. Though it might seem difficult for you to hold yourself, don’t let your emotions lead you to making rash decisions. Carefully pack your things and leave peacefully. Leave your workplace premises before your emotions get to you.
You have to make sure you don’t even sign any agreement immediately, take anything you are asked to sign along with you for proper reading. You may need a legal adviser in this regard.
AVOID MAKING UNNECESSARY ENEMIES
Do not burn bridges. Do not take out your frustrations on anyone, either your fellow employees or your boss. You may need them for references. Avoid social media venting. The things we put on Facebook and Twitter are for the public. Social media is not the platform to share your personal life experiences, complain about your employer or even seek advice. Negative posts on social media about your former boss are red flags for potential employers, if they get to see them.
PREPARE YOUR EXPLANATION
Practice how to explain what happened. You do not have to sound bitter or negative. Avoid casting aspersion on another person’s integrity, especially your former boss, just to prove they were unfair to you. Situations will arise when you will need to explain your job loss- you may try to avoid going into too much details but you will need to explain why you lost your job. Avoid lies and take responsibilities for your mistakes, if there were any.
Make your relatives: spouse, children, parents, friends and other family members aware of what has opened. Don’t hide from those that will probably provide help for you through this trying period. There is no shame in what has happened. Yours is not the first and probably will not be the last.
There are some things you actually cannot tell everyone, or let us say everyone may not understand, talk to people – if possible just a person – you trust and confide in them. You may also need a counselor.
UPDATE AND UPGRADE
You will need to update so many things from your skills to your profile on social media, LinkedIn and other networking sites and to your resume. These are the basic tools you will need to fix your situation and get your life back in order.