I went to work that day not knowing that would be my last day. In fact, even my direct manager didn’t know. A directive from above to down size was put into action. I was called in to his office to be told I was being let go and had to pack up and go. Wow, devastated, shocked, numb, and yet filled with emotion.
As I think about what it feels like to find yourself in a job search after being let go, there are 5 things that come to mind.
Dealing with rejection and disappointment - all of a sudden you may struggle with being rejected, unwanted and feeling disappointed. Not feelings that lift you up rather they bring you down.
Finding job openings that match your skills and qualifications - now you have to get your resume together, figure out what type of jobs you are qualified to fill, get out there and search, search, search
Tailoring your resume and cover letter for each application - even when you find an opening you feel is good for you, there are more steps to take. You have to research the company, tailor resume to fit the job using key words (never lie on your resume!!).
Preparing for and performing well in interviews - getting to the interview is the goal with the resume, but then when you get to that stage perhaps nerves kick in. Remember the interview goes two ways. You interview them to make sure it is a good fit for you.
Balancing the job search with other responsibilities or commitments - while your job now is to find a job, you still have the other parts of your life to handle.
I will tell you that even with these difficulties, there are upsides to finding a job.
New Opportunities: A new job can provide new opportunities for growth and development in your career. You can learn new skills and gain valuable experience.
Increased Income: Finding a new job can lead to an increase in your income, which can improve your financial situation and quality of life.
Improved Job Satisfaction: If you were unhappy in your previous job, finding a new job can help you find greater job satisfaction and a better work-life balance.
Expand Your Network: Starting a new job can provide you with the opportunity to meet new people and expand your professional network, which can be beneficial for your future career prospects.
Personal Growth: Starting a new job can be a challenging experience that can help you grow personally and professionally. You'll have the chance to step out of your comfort zone and learn new things.
All of these upsides were true for me all those years ago when I found myself in the job market. Now I get to help those who find themselves searching and or transitioning to their next position.
If you would like help with your search, reach out to me and let’s talk.
I leave you with this… you have amazing skills, talents, and abilities and the world needs you. Persevere and you will find the right next job just for you.