The Holiday Tradition of Job Loss
It’s almost a holiday tradition that companies make cuts in December. Last month I talked with several people who had suffered a job loss due to economic downturns and other reasons.
One important piece of advice I gave them was to “Take care of yourself while you’re taking care of business.” It goes a long way in helping you get that next job.
Here are some ways to take care of yourself while you get past the job loss to find that next job.
- Maximize your productivity. Determine when you feel best during the day and schedule your most critical tasks for then. Some people are night owls; others shine in the morning.
- Identify what brings the most ROI (Return on Investment). Is it networking with associates? Applying online? Attending job fairs? Answering want ads? Find it and do it; stop wasting time on the others.
- Keep a job-search journal. You can use sheets of paper, reference cards, a spreadsheet of something else. What’s important is to note everything you do and every response you get. It will keep you organized, focused, energized, and heading toward the new job.
- Be sure to get enough sleep, eat well, exercise, spend time with family and friends and enjoy simple things like walking the dog, going to the movies or reading a good book. Feeling good physically and mentally is vital to dealing with a job loss and your ultimate your success.
- Engage in professional development. Learn a new software program. Attend a conference. Take a class at the community college. Keep getting better.
- Participate more in social media. Join a LinkedIn group. Start a blog. Get out there.
- Enjoy life every day by taking good care of yourself while looking for your new job. You may be surprised by how much it impacts your success.
Don’t let a job loss define you. Use it as an opportunity to redirect your career.
Sue Montgomery is a Certified Professional Resume Writer & Career Coach with 20+ years of experience creating resumes, cover letters and other tools that market people for the jobs they want. Sue is founder and president of Resume Plus.