Many of us, when we lose a job, feel intense shame. Job loss feels like failure, a big and public failure. We need to push past those feelings and the myths that go with them, so we can move forward to the next job and the next step in our careers. There is no one in today’s job market that will retire without having lost a job at some point. Downsizing, layoffs, poor fit, all can cause job loss without any big failure on the part of the employee.
So, how do you move forward? Change the messages playing in your head from negative to positive, and then begin an active job search to recover your momentum in your career. If you need a break before jumping into the job market, take it first. Don’t press pause once you’ve begun your job search!
Change the message.
Job loss = failure. There are many reasons for job loss. Downsizing, changes in business strategy, budget cuts, and more. It’s time to move on from shame and blame and look ahead.
Job loss = opportunity. You have just been handed the opportunity to search for a better position and better compensation. One of the best ways to grow your career and your salary is to find a new job. Now you have the time and the motivation to do just that!
The unemployed aren’t welcome at networking events. On the contrary! Hiring influencers such as executive recruiters often attend or even sponsor networking events.
Networking events were made for me. There’s no better place to be when job searching! Your network contacts now have someone’s name to offer to the recruiters they want to cultivate, recruiters have a new candidate to place, and companies asking for interest would love to hear from you.
Have pink slip, must start search. If you know you weren’t at fault and you’re ready to start interviewing and explaining why you’re on the market, great. If not, take a break. Feeling like you have nothing special to offer is a message that can come through loud and clear to interviewers and recruiters.
Take time to take care of yourself. You can’t give your best in an interview if you’re still feeling shame and grief over your lost job. Take the time you need to regain your positivity and THEN start your job search. Projecting a positive attitude and real confidence will make a great lasting impression on hiring influencers. A week off now could save you weeks of searching later!
Resume. Bring your resume current, add relevant numbers, and consider hiring a professional Resume Writer who can ensure that the format will be read by modern software and that your resume emphasizes your skills and talents. Your resume is one of the most important action items on your checklist.
Personal branding. Polish your personal brand by networking effectively and using social media to establish yourself as an industry expert.
Interview skills. Brush up on your interview skills, from your smile and handshake through common behaviour interview questions. Being prepared allows you to face your interviewers with confidence.
Treat it like a job. Work your job search as though it were a full-time job. Network, send out resumes, customize your cover letters for each job, and send thank you notes for every interview. Don’t pause to wait for an offer!