How To Look On The Bright Side After Getting Laid-Off
To state the obvious, the only state of permanence is impermanence! We all know it but rarely acknowledge it.
At some point, most of us imagine leaving our jobs to greener pastures but never imagine the choice to be taken from us. After all, you thought your job was secure and that you were doing a great job only to be let go and laid-off. Maybe you saw it coming, but the majority of people don’t know they’re getting laid-off until they’re sitting in their company’s human resources offices and are given their final pay.
Not only are you now without work, pay or anywhere to go in the mornings, but your self-esteem has also just taken a major blow. Although your first instinct is to go out and look for a new job, the emotional effects of being laid-off can still weigh heavily on you. How do you get back in the saddle to stay motivated through the dreaded job application process and gain back your self-confidence?
For those who just got laid-off and are questioning their entire professional existence, here are some tips on how to look on the bright side after a lay-off so that you can go out and land your next better adventure!
As hard as it may seem, the absolute best thing you could do is to stay positive about the whole situation! Sure, you may feel rejected from the company you used to work for, but don’t let it feel personal. It is not you, it is your role that is no longer needed. This could have been for a number of reasons, such as business transformation, financial reasons or downsizing. Think of it as an opportunity to experience and learn from the change, take the time to discover yourself and your emotional reactions. If this happens to you again in the future, at least then you know the drill! Be grateful for the experience and take the opportunity to learn.
Many people stay at their jobs for long periods of time and get stuck. They feel unmotivated and struggle to move on. But since you’re no longer working there, think of the lay-off as a kick start to your chapter in life!
Take time off
If you were one of those people who worked non-stop, think of this lay-off as a much needed break. This doesn’t mean to go on a lavish vacation (but if you have the money, why not?) or simply take weeks off to relax. Make it a stay-cation where you do a few things you used to like doing but never had the time before because of work. Spend time with your loved ones who are still around even when your job is not. Touch base with old mates.
Freshen up your skills
As an IT professional, you know how important it is to keep your skill skit fresh with the latest technology. So as you go out looking for a new venture, do your homework and improve your knowledge by taking an online course, attending conferences, networking events, liaising with employment agencies and etc. These are relatively inexpensive and massively helpful.
A chance to re-evaluate your life goals
On reflection, you probably didn’t realise that you were unhappy at your job until you were laid-off. Now that you’re on the look out for new opportunities, take the time to re-evaluate your professional goals so that the next position is everything you want in a job. Figure out what is important to you and make it your mission to find a position that meets these aspirations!
The next stage in your career is not necessarily a new job, it could be anything you want. Think outside the box to not become a prisoner of society boundaries. Turn your passion into your vision then the action will follow.
After all, we are optimistic geeks, we stay positive and we define the future!
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss