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What to do if you lose your job

Losing your job sucks.

It can feel like the rug has been ripped from underneath you, especially if it was unexpected.

If you find yourself in this position, here are 7 practical steps to get you back in the game.

#1 You’re going to be upset. Embrace it.

Job loss can stir up a whirlwind of emotions.

Acknowledge and process these feelings, but don’t lash out or burn bridges. You’ll probably regret that later.

Reach out to your support network – you don’t have to cope alone.

#2 Go Pro-luck

Dr Richard Wiseman’s book – The Luck Factor states you should become ‘pro-luck’.

This means expanding your ‘luck surface area’ or your chances of being lucky (in this case, finding a new role).

To do this, get active!!

  • Meet people
  • Send cold DMs
  • Share your ideas on LinkedIn

By getting out there, you’re increasing your chances of success.

#3 Give your LinkedIn a facelift.

Have you been out of the game for a while?

LinkedIn is your new online CV. Don’t underestimate it. 

You might also like to share some ideas – or write a post that you’re a job seeker. 

Don’t be afraid. It’s your network. Leverage it.

#4 Show your face

Attend industry events, virtual seminars, and online forums to connect with professionals in your field.

If anything, you’ll learn interesting topical stuff to discuss in interviews!

#5 Look after body & mind.

Job hunting is tiring. Dedicate your best hours every day to focus on it.  

Then, spend time looking after yourself – exercise in particular. 

Consider a break from alcohol too. Even small amounts can wreak havoc on your mind!

#6 Get help

Especially seek guidance from recruiters – they know the market.

Find one that resonates with you, takes your calls and communicates well.  

They can provide you with valuable insights and strategies tailored to your situation.

#7 Celebrate small wins

Every step forward is a victory. 

Whether it’s:

  • Securing an interview
  • Receiving positive feedback,
  • Expanding your network

Celebrate these small wins along the way – it keeps you motivated and boosts your confidence.

And remember, it’s just temporary. 

This too, shall pass.

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Consult Recruitment

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  • S Cameron

    September 5, 2023 at 9:14 am

    Great advice, a lot is common sense, but so easy to forget a lot of what’s mentioned, I needed this reminder 🙂 Thank you for this!

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