I was in the grocery store the other day overhearing a conversation about someone losing their job. The next day I spoke with an acquaintance who talked about a neighbor killing themselves because they lost their job. More and more people are out of work and are having a difficult time getting back on their feet. In 2009 it takes longer to find work and there are fewer jobs available. People are left scratching their heads wondering what to do and how to cope. It isn’t easy staying positive when the phone doesn’t ring and all those resume’s you sent out seem like they went into a big black hole. Even though our economy is weak and jobs are few, there is still hope. People are finding ways to spend their weekends with friends having a quiet dinner at home. Instead of going to Disney World for a family outing people are taking their kids to the park and enjoying the fresh air, enjoying the simplicity of the playground and just watching the sky. There is a lot to be said for simplifying our lives and doing without.
We are learning that life isn’t about the material possessions but about relationships. Renewing old friendships, spending more quality time with family and friends, or enjoying a simple walk with someone you love and care about can go a long way.
10 Tips on How to Survive a Job Loss
1. Avoid thinking negative thoughts about yourself relating to your job loss. When you start to become critical you start to believe you are worthless. That kind of thinking is self-sabotaging.
2. Continue to focus on your strengths and believe in them. By thinking about what you are good at you’ll be able to steer the unwanted negative thoughts away.
3. DON’T rely only on the Internet to find jobs. That is the least effective method for finding work. Although the Internet is still a resource, don’t make that your main one.
4. NETWORK with as many people as possible. Let them know you are looking for work and are hungry for a job. Try creating a profile in LinkedIn.com and ask friends to write you a reference.
5. Be willing to change. Sometimes when you lose a job another door of opportunity opens up that you least expect. If you are not willing to change you may miss the opportunity.
6. Don’t isolate! Make sure you are spending time with friends and family.
7. Exercise! If you don’t regularly exercise, use this time to develop an exercise routine.
8. Find spiritual support.
9. Avoid eating too many carbohydrates and increase your protein.
10. Avoid too much alcohol, nicotine, illegal drugs, and anything not healthy for your body.NOTE: you can freely redistribute this resource, electronically or in print, provided you leave the authors contact information below intact.