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Monday, 15 August 2016

To Survive A Job Layoff -- Acknowledge Your Emotions

Shock. Anger. Frustration. Fear. These are often the first feelings to occur after being laid off or fired from a job. The cycle of feelings is actually very similar to the emotional stages that occur after the death of a loved one. And, the worst thing you can do is ignore your feelings.

In working with many who have lost their jobs during the last 10 years, here are some of the most important things we’ve learned together that have helped them move forward in their professional lives:
Acknowledge your feelings. It’s okay to be angry, frustrated, and to feel betrayed that you’ve lost your job. The key is to work through these feelings and use them to your advantage as a way to propel you forward in your career.
Take a step back and relax. Do something you enjoy for a little while. Put some distance between yourself and what just happened to clear your thinking.
Identify the wonderful things and people in your life. Someone once said, “Life is a gift.” Make a list of the people and things you appreciate most. You’ll probably realize your life is fuller and more rewarding than you’d ever remembered.

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