The economy is recovering, even perking up. But the competition remains fierce for jobs. No matter why you lost your job, your attitude about how you handle finding a future job tells a lot about you to a potential employer.
Margie Warrell wrote in Forbes about how a friend’s husband became depressed when he lost his job in the market meltdown of 2008.
Any of us who have lost a job know it can feel like a whack from Thor’s hammer, but the story isn’t new. While the hurt goes deep and seems scary, the challenge is in how we handle the setback. It is okay to be upset that you lost your job. But it is not okay to let it turn you into the Grinch, or worse, ill.
So, how do you stop the madness? How do you turn around the bad attitude into one that fosters a positive vibe?
Don’t be a whiner. Wallowing in self-pity feeds negativity, and negativity makes you a victim not a success. Let go of the past and reclaim your personal power. Focus on the here and now and set your sights moving forward.
Your job does not define who you are. If you lost your job, recognize that it likely occurred as the result of an economic environment beyond your control. It was not meant as a personal rejection. Each day is a new day, a time to encounter opportunities. Pick yourself up. Re-evaluate your priorities and draft a plan.
Build the right relationships. Begin your day toward creating relationships with those who can encourage you and assist you with finding a new job. Ask those you know to connect you or introduce you to key people. Register with staffing firms. Use social networking but always keep your professional profile positive and remember to extend kindness and courtesy to those who assist you.
Foster hope. Depression sucks your energy. Hope enlivens. Surround yourself with positive, encouraging people. Realign friendships if you need to and hang out with those who build your self-esteem. Read inspirational books. Make confidence-building a family project.
Stay healthy. Do what makes sense to stay strong and fit. While exercise builds your immune system and relieves stress, hobbies or activities that involve family or pets refresh everyone. Consider volunteering. Tasks like serving meals at a homeless shelter or mowing the yard for a neighbor who has cancer take your mind from your problems and boost your spirits, too.
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