5 Things you should consider doing if you are unemployed
Losing your job often comes on suddenly. Even if you had seen signs of your job’s demise and were planning an escape hatch, the actual dissolution of your job still can feel like a smack in the face.
As such, many people find themselves grappling with unfamiliar emotions while they also must gear up for and conduct a job search, quickly. But the fact is that with or without your positive energy, the drumbeat of finding a new job marches on.
And each day that passes without a job offer feels like weeks, weeks feel like months. Figuring out how to wrangle down bills until the next paycheck spurs further anxiety.
However, examining and unwinding from the negativity that has you all knotted up—if done well–can allow you to move ahead while also creating residual gains only possible from such a loss.
Here are 5 things you should add to your to do list while looking for a new job:
Reconnect with and sharpen your goals.
Encapsulated in the borders of a day-to-day job, you kept your mind on the company goal but had no time to focus on personal aspirations. With more time to examine and percolate on your next steps, you are now free to create a new picture ‘target’ that helps you aim your arrow.
Build a new story around your achievements.
Take time to articulate your resume in a way that not only makes your future employer’s heart race, but also makes your own heart sing.
Allowing the feelings to flow can be therapeutic and sensitizing. You can use this period of heightened awareness and sensitivity to make modest, or even major changes that may have a profound and lasting effect on your (and your family’s) future.
Read: Job loss – how to stay confident
Ask for help.
Reaching out for help, whether it’s professionally to a career strategist or to a friend or family member is an opportunity to allow others to serve you during your struggle.
Often losing a job is in tandem with leaving a toxic work environment. If that is the case for you, then creating distance between yourself and office walls will actually shore up your attitude and possibly even, your physical health.
Written by Jacqui Poindexter for Glassdoor February 2015