When Lightning Strikes Twice – Job Loss

27 Jul

Article Title: When Lightning Strikes Twice – Job Loss
Author Byline: CareerAlley
Author Website: http://Careeralley.com

Lightning is something which, again, we would rather avoid.” – Richard Branson

I was coming back from an errand the other day and I ran into my neighbor and did the perfunctory “How’s it going?” and she says “I just got laid off again” and I think “whoa, that is the third time in two years, how can that be?”. Now while she was not a CEO, she has been working for quite a few years and had established her abilities some time ago. There are so many factors that can lead to job loss – economics, change in company strategy, change in management, job mismatch and plenty more. It happens all of the time and it happens to both the best and the worst (see – I lost my job, now what?) . You can dwell on it forever, second guessing what you should have done (or not). Or, you can learn from your experience and move on to the next best thing (and trust me, no matter how dire things may look when you are out of work, there will be the next best thing at some point). So what do you need to do to move on with your job search? That is the topic of today’s post.

So first things first. How do you cope with losing your job? The only thing more stressful is losing a spouse. The following articles provide some insight.

  • Job Loss – How to Cope -This article, posted on About.com, provides good advice regarding how to deal with job loss, What to do first and moving on. There are links embedded throughout the article (career change, unemployment, etc.). At the bottom of the page is a long list of related links such as what not to do when you leave your job and surviving a layoff.
  • Five Tips for Dealing With Job Loss – This article is from fivecentnickel.com and provides a number tips to help deal with job loss. The article deals with the practical side of job loss. What to do first and where to focus. The site focuses on managing your money, so the article is focused in that way. “Open your mind to different jobs” is definitely something to think about.

When you lose your job, the first thing you should seek is advise from a variety of friends, family and people you respect in your field. What others think is really important because you don’t always have the answer (or trust yourself to have the answer). Tips, resources and what others think.

  • What to Do When You Lose Your Job – This article provides some excellent advise from a wide variety of individuals (six to be exact), ranging from author, to professor to labor expert. Each individual provides their personal view on what to do and each and every view is excellent advise. From “Stop Blaming Yourself” to “No Time to Burn Bridges”, this is definitely worth a read.
  • What to Do when You Lose Your Job: 100 Tips and Resources – This list of tips and resources is provided by askdeb.com, provides a long list of resources. From “Lost my Job” to resources and tips, this is a very comprehensive list and sort of a “one stop” list to get you going. And, once you’ve worked your way through the list, there are additional related links at the bottom of the page.

Okay, but I’m sure you really want to know what you can do to get started with looking for a job. What are the steps you should take to fast track your job search?

Good luck in your search.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

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