One of the challenging losses that we may face in life is losing a job. No one is immune to this happening. The day when we have to tell others that I just lost my job can be stressful. Sometimes you can tell when a job might be winding down and other times there may be a company buyout that brings changes, new bosses, and job loss. Or for some, there may be the company laying off or firing employees.
Unexpected Job Loss
Unless you see signs that your job loss might be coming in the future, it might take you by surprise. What’s next? Maybe you were already job searching, maybe not. If your boss passed away unexpectedly and you lost your job as a result of it, that would be a double ouch. Sometimes it’s hard to know how to plan when things at work look a little unstable—unless you’re being underpaid and overworked. If that’s the case, then you’ve probably already been job searching!
Interim Job Loss Solutions
What to do when the unexpected job loss happens? How about a few ideas to get you started, even though they are not all-inclusive. As you know, depending on your situation, job loss and job searching can be complex. So when job loss occurs try starting with these ideas listed below.
- Take a deep breath and stay calm
- Focus on taking one step at a time one day at a time to minimize your stress
- If you haven’t done a job search in a while, go on the internet and familiarize yourself with what’s happening in that area now. Look for tips and the best ways to handle your situation. Then create a tentative plan of action.
- Network with others and any local professional association members who might know of job openings
- Never pay an agency for a job because they have companies willing to pay a fee for the right person
- Check the online job posting sites for openings in your field
- Be proactive and make calls to potential employers to find out if they ever need a temp
- Make sure to visit the websites of companies for which you want to work
- When visiting small business websites that have “chat with us” pop-up windows, you might ask them about temp work and actually land some work
- Always consider doing temp work, because you’ll get to see if a company is right for you. If it is the right fit, they may offer you a permanent job. If you feel it is not a good long-term fit, you can remain on their temp list or move on and try temp assignments with other businesses.
- Consider whether you could stay busy enough doing temp work or whether you actually need to have a permanent job.
You Can Do This
Over the years of coaching people who have been rebuilding their lives, I’ve observed that when someone has already had a number of traumatic events in life, a job loss can pack a significant punch. To help get through a challenge like this, make sure you have positive friends in your life and that you stay away from negative acquaintances whenever possible. Connect with people who can encourage you and maybe even help in your job search as you look for new work. Make sure you get plenty of rest and exercise or at least get out for a walk every day. Walking can be very therapeutic. While walking, think of all the blessings in your life and thank God for them. Also, consider volunteering your time in nursing homes, or to help the homeless, or to serve others who are less fortunate than yourself. These are great ways to stay positive. There is another job out there for you. Maybe you’ll think of a way to use your skills that you have not considered before. Be creative, stay open to the possibility of using your skills in new ways, and never give up. You can do this!
I would love to know how you’ve handled job losses and what has worked best for you. Thanks in advance for leaving a comment below!