Job losses happen in the world of work. No one wishes for it, but it happens all the same for different reasons. If you have just been laid off from work, it can lead to a load of stress and anxiety and leave many questions hanging unanswered: Why me? How did this happen? How will I pay my bills? Where do I go from here?
You may also find yourself dealing with a myriad of negative emotions; you may be feeling hurt, betrayed, cheated, afraid, doubtful and confused.
So, where do you go from here? These four steps will help you deal positively with the loss of your job, make the best of it and land well on your feet.
- Understand the situation. Try to get answers as much as you can from your former colleagues, manager or organisation. Be prepared for answers that are vague, unfair or even malicious. If you feel cheated or betrayed, it’s best if you let the hurt go as quickly as possible. When you understand why the lay-off happened, it will help you to achieve closure and plan better for what’s ahead.
- Get some rest, babe. You’ve just gone through a major upheaval in your career and in your life. Create the time to get some good sleep, eat good food, spend time with people who renew you and reconnect with your hobbies. If you can afford to, take a short holiday. Recharge your batteries. This will give you a much-needed perspective and prepare you physically and emotionally.
- Make new plans. Believe it or not, no matter how horrible you may feel for getting laid off, this brings with it the opportunity for a fresh start in your career. Think about what you know, who you know, what you want and the different opportunities you have around you. This may be a great time to sit with a counselor or coach if you haven’t already done so. Talk to people who can help you. Get started on your job search or business plans and stay hopeful.
When you go through these steps, you’ll see that the lay-off didn’t break you. It made you stronger and more effective. Let it be your catapult into bigger and better things.
Here’s to the new you!