We spend a lot of our lifetime at work. So, what do you do if you’ve lost your job unexpectedly? How do you cope?

2020 has been an extremely challenging year for many businesses, individuals and families with COVID-19. Companies struggling to meet targets, bring in customers, with many having to close temporarily, or downsize so they can stay afloat. But I’m sure for you, the focus is on you. What do you do now? Where do you start with job loss?

Becoming unemployed suddenly can have an array of effects on your life – emotionally you may be feeling upset, sad, angry, at a loss. But there’s also the financial aspect, and stress to find another job in these uncertain times. It can leave you with many questions to answer, and you may not quite know your intended direction.

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Take a moment to think –

Do you know what type of job you want to work in next?
What if you haven’t had to look for a job in such a long time, your resume isn’t up to date, and you don’t know where to start?

It is very common for you to feel a loss of confidence and identity after a job loss, particularly if it’s not something you were planning on.

How do you cope with your job loss?

– Try not to worry – it’s normal to feel loss and grief which can result in experiencing a range of feelings from disbelief, denial, anger, irritability, sadness, and fear

–  Consider the way you are thinking. What are you saying to yourself about the situation? Do you need some advice and support to challenge this and depersonalise some thoughts?

– Remember, it’s not you who has been made redundant rather the role you worked in

– Get practical help in job seeking skills such as resume development

– Think about asking for some additional support to assist you through the transition stage, to move towards managing and accepting the change in a more helpful way

– Don’t let the basics fly out of the window. Try to keep a good routine of sleep, eating regularly and exercising, even if you don’t feel like it at the time

– Talk about your feelings. Talk to those close to you whom you trust, rather than withdrawing and isolating yourself

– Take time to breathe or learn to meditate – it can make all the difference in how you feel going into interviews

– Don’t rush big decisions – there is a fine line between doing nothing and rushing into making decisions, just so you feel like you are doing something.

Once you start the new application process, you want to be at your best and feel confident and fresh to take on interviews. It’s common to feel pressure to accept the first job offer to return to work. However, ensure sustainable decisions are made where possible, to make sure you enjoy your new position, and it’s right for you and your family in the long term.

If you feel you could use some additional support and direction through this new transition in your life, don’t hesitate to reach out and speak to one of our team. Sometimes some guidance to give you new direction and meaning can make a big difference.

Written by Rebecca Deane – Principal Clinical Psychologist – www.creatingchange.net.au