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Losing a job is never a fun experience. It can be a huge setback both on the social and financial front. However, finding yourself unemployed need not spell disaster for you. Here are a few tips that can help you cope with unexpected job loss.

Stay Positive

Being happy and staying optimistic in the wake of losing your job can be difficult. So, give yourself to mull over your loss, then let the pain and anger go.

The sooner you choose to be enthusiastic and cheerful, the faster you can bounce back from unemployment. Staying angry at your company for letting you go or wishing the worst for your former employer will not help you in the long run. 

And as this data from Unemploymenttracker.com shows, even suing your former boss for wrongful termination is not as fruitful as you might imagine.

Focus, instead, on finding your next job. Take this time to update your resume and strategize how you will get a new job. Create a list of people who might help you in your quest. Improve your skills if you can. Whatever you do, do it with a cheerful heart and a positive mindset.

Watch Your Company

In the aftermath of your job loss, you should be careful about the people you surround yourself with. They will shape your opinions and influence your attitude about issues, so choose your company wisely.

If you hang around people steeped in misery, you will lose momentum to seek new employment. Every day you spend wallowing in self-pity is another day wasted. 

Surround yourself with people who can help you out of your predicament. Losing your job is not a permanent fate; seek as many other opportunities as you possibly can.

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Don’t Define Yourself Using Your Job

Try not to take your job loss as an attack on your work ethic, performance, or character. Sure, a job can bring much fulfillment, but it shouldn’t define you or your future.

If you assume that you are a failure because your boss fired you, this attitude will show, and it does not impress potential employers. Resilience, on the other hand, is very noticeable and attractive to employers.

Tap into Your Network

When you start looking for work, let everyone in your circle know that you are looking for a job. Nowhere does the saying that your network is your net worth ring true more than when seeking employment.

Often, many employers don’t announce vacancies in their companies through advertisements. Instead, those positions are filled by people recommended to the employer via word-of-mouth. Make the most use of your social networks to ensure that employers know you are looking for work.

Take Care of Yourself

Losing a job can be hard on anyone. This is why you need to take good care of yourself if you experience this setback.

Exercise often to keep your body fit and strong. Take long baths and write your thoughts in a journal. Take up a hobby that makes you feel alive. Doing the things that make you happy will go a long way in making an unpleasant period bearable. 

Conclusion

Losing a job, taken the right way, can be just a step towards the next big thing in your life. Don’t let it bring you down, and don’t lose hope. Soon enough, you will find another job if you maintain the right attitude. 

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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