Monday, May 28, 2012

Moving past loss: bouncing back after losing a job

Notwithstanding the hardship often experienced following a job loss, it can be beneficial to try looking at what can be learned from the experience. The loss of a job can be seen as a transition, an opportunity to take time to think about your career, revisit your needs, wants and priorities, think about your future, and sometimes, refocus your career.

Many people begin a process of introspective reflection after losing a job. It can often be beneficial to make it a time:

  • To explore your environment and compile information about available jobs, various organizations and workplaces...
  • For introspection: revisit your interests, values and experiences. Seeing how these values can be useful in a job situation can help guide your reflections on your career and your life.

Learning from the experience

Losing a job is also an opportunity to question yourself and try to understand:

  • Your strengths. Question yourself and ask your close friends, former employers or colleagues what your strengths are so you can showcase them, reinforcing self-esteem.
  • Your weaknesses. Understand your weaknesses, what can be improved and how to do it.
  • The opportunities. It can be helpful to see the opportunities available to you and what you can learn from the experience.
  • The dangers. Understand the dangers of job loss and strive to avoid the pitfalls as much as possible.

Moving beyond introspection... committing to action

Lastly, it is important not to limit activities to thinking about your situation; you also need to take action, search for jobs and/or refocus your career (ex.: training) before too long, one step at a time...

Good luck...

Valérie Bourgeois-Guérin
Ph.D. candidate
Y2 Consulting Psychologists

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