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WHAT TO DO AFTER YOU LOSE YOUR JOB
Losing a job is never easy. “Give yourself time to grieve and work through the loss. When you're ready, commit yourself fully to find the best job for you. It's rough but you'll get through it.”
Sarah Caruso, Administrative Assistant
Reframe this as a time for growth. “Change can be scary, but it is just outside of your comfort zone that you find out exactly what you are made of.”
Kimberly O'Bannon, Deputy Program Manager
Take the good, leave the bad. “List what you contributed to the job, what you got out of it that you can carry forward, and ways those things could be applied to a new job. Once you feel sure of these things, you’ll be able to convey them to the next employer. In a real way, we have to convince ourselves first.” Bridget M.M. S., Office Admin., Coach, Writer
Keep a routine, and keep moving. “Get out of the apartment as if you were going to work. Workout at a gym early morning, go back home and prepare a lunch daily. The key is remaining focused and positive over losing a job. Work on you while unemployed.”
Get creative. “Try finding a work-at-home niche while searching for employment. There are plenty of opportunities online for different fields. For example, an administrative person can find proofreading and typing work. Sites like Fiverr.com may also offer some cushion. Do a search online. There's so much out there.”
Audrey Malone, Writer, Editor and Administrative Specialist
Find out what you truly want. “Reflect on your last position. What did you like/dislike about it? Do you want your next position to be similar or completely different? Before looking for another job, know what you want. Losing a job can definitely be a blessing in disguise. You may just find yourself happier than before.”
Patrice Sutton, Social Media & Sourcing Specialist
Your dream job is out there. “It sounds like a cliché, but the saying that "when a door shuts a window will open” is true. Sometimes it takes quite a while, but you must keep a positive attitude. It's very frustrating sometimes, but someday soon you will find a company that will give you a chance to prove what an asset you would be.”
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