THE BEST WAY TO DEAL WITH LOOSING YOUR JOB
Losing my job was one of the most depressing things to ever happen to me.
After experiencing it once, I don’t wish to ever experience it again, heck I wouldn’t even wish it on my enemy. But the sad truth is that life is very unpredictable, some things are simply beyond our control and that is why we must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worse.
Looking at the situation of things in recent times, there is a whole lot of uncertainty in the air due to the pandemic and a lot of people are at a high risk of losing their jobs because companies are downsizing and laying off their staffs, some are even shutting down completely.
The worst part of losing one’s job is when you have put in a lot of effort into the job and your boss just wakes up one day and tells you that your service is no longer needed in the company or decides that he or she wants to close down the company without any prior notice.
You may begin to ask yourself,
“where am I supposed to start from after all these years?”
But at this point, you must realize that losing your job isn’t the end of the world for you, I am a living testimony to that fact.
It is okay to fall, but what matters the most is that you stand up again and stand up stronger this time around.
Now let’s take a look at the best ways to deal with losing your job and getting back on your feet STRONGER.
These methods have worked for me and a couple of other people that I know, so it comes in highly recommended.
1. BE POSITIVE AND DON’T DWELL ON IT :
You will be tempted to count your losses throughout the day and cry yourself to sleep at night. Your insecurities will begin to rear its ugly head and you will almost go into depression, but your job now is to stop that from happening at all cost.
You must learn to stay positive regardless of how bad the situation at hand may seem.
Put a bright smile on your face and tell yourself,
“I will get that dream job and nothing can stop me”.
You must take your mind off any negative thought at all cost and do something productive that will lead you to the next big thing.
2. WORK ON YOUR PERSONAL AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT:
The period when you lose your job is not the time to lick your wounds and start comparing yourself to your age mates who are riding Benz while you are sitting down doing nothing.
It is time to get up and start acquiring new personal and career development skills.
Learn how to sell your skills better, learn the new things in your field and how to stay on top of your game at all times.
While you are waiting on a call from the new company where you submitted your CV to, use that period to take new personal and career development courses.
There are a lot of free courses that can be taken online to help you with achieving this.
Google is your friend and so is YouTube.
The new knowledge you acquire would help you with your new job and increase your worth in your career.
3. REACH OUT TO FAMILY, FRIENDS AND EVEN STRANGERS:
This is not the period to be shy or keep your lips sealed.
You don’t know where your next big job opportunity might come from, this is more reason why you should leave no stone unturned.
Reach out to everyone you know, even those you don’t know.
Go out, attend seminars, events and make new connections, let people know what you do and ask if they can give you any recommendations or referrals for a new job.
I don’t usually do well with networking at events, but I had to conquer my fear and learn to network and it paid off really well.
Surf the internet for new opportunities and apply for them.
Make finding a new job, your new job.
4. CONSIDER NEW OPTIONS, OPPORTUNITIES AND CAREER PROSPECTS:
In some cases, losing your job might be a blessing in disguise.
Sit down to reevaluate your life and ask yourself if you still want to continue threading the career path you are currently on.
Who knows, your next big business idea might just pop up and you would become a Multi-billionaire entrepreneur before you know it.
I was forced to rediscover my passion for writing when I lost my job and I started to earn money from it which helped me during that period.
You may also consider changing your career path and explore new career possibilities.
5. MANAGE YOUR FINANCES WELL FOR THE TIME BEING:
It is good if you had a good savings culture before losing your job because this would mean that you don’t have to start begging for what to eat until you see a new job, but it is even better to manage your finances well during this period.
You must learn to spend wisely and even if you have to beg for support from family and friends, for the time being, be extra wise with your spendings so that you won’t be left hanging.
This topic cannot be exhausted, but I can assure you that if you put the practices mentioned above into use, you are bound to get a better job and become a better you.
Always remember Losing your job is not the end of the world, instead you should see it as an opportunity for getting or doing something better.
I wish you success in all your endeavours.
This post was originally published on Medium.