Downsized. The stress and grief that accompanies a sudden job loss can hit you like a bolt of lightning out of the blue. Rather than isolating yourself from the shock, you need to experience the grief, allow it to move through you, and ground it in conversation and acknowledgement so you can leave it behind and move on to new and better things.
You will need to talk to close family, friends, and perhaps even a good employment lawyer, therapist, or a career transition coach. These professionals can give you solid advice on severance, resilience, and moving forward to the bright and shiny what’s-next. Even more important? They can steer you through the rough spots, encouraging you with positive actions, skills, experience, and wisdom.
Don’t forget, your personal branding should remain publicly positive, focused, and energized. The very real loss and grief you feel, the negativity you’ll need to express and move through, should be done privately where it can move you forward instead of on social media or while networking, where it can hold you back.
With a little help from the right people, you can experience the loss, express your worst moments and fears, ground the grief, and then begin to take the steps toward your next job and the meaningful successes to come.