Losing your job is a deeply traumatic affair, and not something that many people can plan for. When it comes out of the blue, it can leave you feeling distraught, depressed and even inadequate for your line of work. With redundancies in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic outpacing those of the 2009 economic crash, you’re joining an ever growing group of unlucky folk who deserve better. There’s no easy way back out of the feelings create by a sudden job loss, but there are things you can do to make the process easier – and to find yourself back on the ladder, or in a new line of work entirely. Here are just some ways you can process your new-found unemployment, and get straight back on your feet.
Give Yourself Time to Grieve
You might be hankering for a good self-pity session following the loss of your job – or you might feel the burden of responsibility to jump straight back into the job hunt. It’s important not to rush your return to the job hunt, and also not the best idea to completely disengage. Instead, give yourself time to mourn the loss of your job, and do it mindfully. Allow yourself to be upset, and reflect on yourself in the same breath. What did you like about your old role? Why, specifically, do you feel the way you do? What would you want to change for the next opportunity – in yourself or in your employer? Be sure to note down things about yourself and your performance that you are particularly proud of – self-worth is an important asset for the next steps.
Take a Look at Your Finances
Check back in with your financial situation. Were you achieving any financial goals with your previous position? Are you in a relatively comfortable position for the time being? Take some time to understand exactly where you are, what you can afford and for how long. Knowing these will give you a sense of determination in forging your way forward, and allow you to relax into the task at hand.
Consider Starting a Side-Hustle
If money is looking a little thin, you might consider starting something up alongside your job-hunt. Recent research by Hammond Furniture suggested that the time we spend in kitchens has increased by 92% since before the COVID-19 pandemic, with many folks picking up new culinary hobbies and talents in the process. A home bakery could be an excellent way to bring in some extra money, focus your thinking and subsidise your job-hunting process.
The Job Hunt
Now you’re rested, galvanised and comfortable, you’re in the perfect place to start looking for work again. Update your CV to include your previous responsibilities, and be sure to add your notes about your proud moments to your draft cover letter. While the jobs market might seem a little starved in the wake of the pandemic, certain industries are conversely suffering a staffing problem – presenting an opportunity for you. Looking for a change of pace? And to what extent do your skills transfer? All food for thought as you traverse the online jobs market.