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are not your job. You are not how much money you have in the bank.
You are not the car you drive. You are not the contents of your wallet.
Today, you're happily employed. Tomorrow, you're on
the streets. With today's dot-com downturn and economic slump, don't
think it can't happen to you. How can you cope with the emotional
and financial stress when you go from worker to wanderer in one fell
1. SHOCK (I can't believe I was just fired!)
2. DENIAL (Everything will turn out okay. This was all just a big mistake.)
3. ANGER (How dare they fire me? It's not right! It's not fair!)
4. BARGAINING (Maybe if I show them what a good worker I am, they'll change their minds.)
5. DEPRESSION (I just know I'm going to lose my spouse and my home. I feel humiliated and degraded.)
6. ACCEPTANCE (Well, life goes on. I'd better start looking for a new job.)
Understanding these stages will help you handle them more effectively - and get back on your feet more quickly.
"It's okay to mourn and to grieve," says Dirk Cotterell, president
of MRI's e-business division, "but you have to get over it. The best
way to effectively handle a layoff is to grieve for a day or two and
then get on the phone. Start rebuilding your network." It may seem bleak
now, but losing your job may be one of the best things that ever happened
"If you are focused on your position or your career," Cotterell says, "you haven't looked to see if there may be better opportunities."
get back on the horse
Just yesterday, you were donning a smart suit and rushing to the office at 9:00 a.m. Today, you're in your jammies at noon, without a thing in the world to do. How can you kick-start your day?
Being jobless will come as less of a shock if you treat your job search as a full-time position. Dress as you did for the office. If you have a home office, make sure you're in there by 9:00 a.m. daily. Put in a full eight hours revising your resume, expanding your network, and setting interviews.
This will keep you motivated - and get you back into a new career quicker than if you had spent your free time moping around in a bathrobe.
So, if you ever find yourself among the unemployed, you'll be ready to make the best of it.
Copyright 2006 Linda Formichelli and Career Builder.com