We all want beautiful things in our lives to continue forever. Sadly, this is not always possible. You can lose that beautiful job of yours, but does that mean your whole world is crashing down? Definitely not.

managing job loss

Statistically, over 3.5% of people in the United States are unemployed. That is quite a hefty number considering there are over 327 million people in the US. Being among this number doesn’t sound cool for sure.

Aside from the intellectual sophistication of being a top professional, there is the psychological side as well. How mentally resilient are you to the shocking debacle of being laid off, how do you respond?

Accept the loss

One of the first steps in recovering from the devastation of a job loss is ACCEPTING THE LOSS. You will struggle to move on if you don’t adequately digest the reality of the job loss. Don’t run away from the hurt; look it in the eye and swallow it.

managing job loss

If possibly the job loss was from a fault of yours, sieve the lessons and add them to your repository of knowledge in preparation for the next job you get. Once bitten, twice shy it is popularly said. In the situation where it was more a general lay off and mass downsizing, well and good. Life goes on, doesn’t it?

Live life!

How crazy does this sound? You just lost a good job and are supposed to be drowning in misery.  But don’t forget that there is so much beautiful world ahead of you. Be positive enough to see the gleaming big picture. So long you are ready for it, one lost job is an avenue for a bigger one.

managing job loss

Many people make the mistake of resorting to self-destructive habits for succor in situations of job loss. Alcohol, drug abuse, smoking…the list keeps swelling miserably. This is the worst it can do. Whatever relief such habits give you, be assured it is expensively ephemeral with even far greater consequences.  Definitely, not a good bargain.

Enjoy life, make memories, and share beautiful moments with your loved ones. Here is something we are forgetting: eat great meals!

Build your network

This is something many people ignore. Being unemployed is an excellent opportunity to enhance and expand your network. Meet new people and establish fresh (and helpful) connections.

Attend conferences and seminars as to your industry and even externally. Go for targeted outdoor events. The world we live in is such a small world. You could need these acquaintances sometime later.

Get more sophisticated

The fact that you lost your job doesn’t necessarily mean you should sleep in the cinema all day or play fortnite all through the month. The time a job loss offers you can be better spent arming yourself intellectually and expanding your skill set. Learn more capacities and make yourself more employable, commercial, and competitive.

There are a plethora of online courses and certifications you can readily access within this window of opportunity and consolidate your repertoire. In this century, competition in the job market has never been more combative.

managing job loss

The last thing you want to do is hawk the same common skills abundantly strewn across the job market about. If you ever manage to get a job, the chances are high it will be a low paying job.

In all, these are ways to beat the gloom that escorts a job loss. Follow these steps and smile more. You will be surely grateful your previous employers axed you!