Whether a redundancy, “mutual decision” or (goodness forbid) you get sacked, it’s demoralising, scary and incredibly stressful.
So how do you even start to rebuild your self-esteem and career? It’s time to dust yourself off, get your act together and get back in the game
And that’s where these ten tips come into play. They come in four categories:
- The Basics
1. Give yourself permission to grieve
It can feel traumatic when you lose (or even leave) a job. You’re parting with the place you’ve spent the majority of your waking hours and for many of us, it’s part of our identity.
If you’re going through this or if you fear going through this, it’s perfectly normal.
Of course, at some point you have to move on. But don’t feel like you have to “muscle” through the stages of grief.
2. Do something you enjoy every day
When things don’t go well, it’s exactly the time when you have to treat yourself well. Make sure you’re doing things that spark joy in your life.
B. The Basics
3. Get your financial situation in order
Wherever you are in your career, it’s good to figure out what your numbers really are.
Look at your expenditures, potential cost savings, how much income you need for the lifestyle you want to have, and how long you could go without having that new income stream.
4. Update your LinkedIn profile
We all Google each other, and what’s likely show up for you is your LinkedIn page. So, you want your profile to be current and to capture the essence of who you are.
5. Figure out what you really want to do
Give yourself permission to reframe losing your job as a golden opportunity to figure out what you really want to do.
Maybe you want to get back into the industry or role you were in.
Maybe you want to find a different opportunity. This is a great time to start looking at what I call adjacent opportunities: sectors or roles that are close to what you were doing so you can leverage your former skills.
Or maybe you want to move onto something completely different.
6. What’s your value proposition?
Think about your special strengths. What are the things that you’re both great at and love to do?
Your value proposition comes in when you look at your special strengths and match them against the needs of a particular organization, sector or entrepreneurial business niche.
7. Focus on your network
The majority of people find their jobs through their extended networks, especially if they’re looking at doing something different.
Map out your network and reach out to old and existing contacts. They can be references as well as a rich source of ideas for who else you should be talking to.
8. Find a bridging platform
You don’t have to find your “next big thing” right away.
And you also don’t want to jump at the first job that comes your way if it’s not right.
When you look ahead at your bigger aspirations, you’re likely to find a few stepping stones that can lead you there. Each of those stepping stones is a platform you can stand on to learn, contribute, be visible, and connect with people.
Find activities that feed into things you love to do with places and people you enjoy. These could be things like joining non-profit boards, volunteering, or guest lecturing.
Don’t give up. Remember: you’ve found a job before, you WILL find one again.
This article was originally authored by May Busch and published in IvyExec.