Gone are the days when a company employed the same workers for decades. People today will change jobs more often than in any other generation. Indeed, the fastest rate of job growth is in part-time and temporary jobs.
Today's work environment is more high-stress than ever before and losing your employment just adds more weight to that load. The researchers at Harvard indicate that individuals with CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome induced by stress) are vulnerable for job loss because of it.
If you lose a job because of being fired, just knowing that it doesn't hold th stigma it once did will help you maintain more equanimity. Behind that pink slip could be a golden opportunity.
Try using these six tips to accelerate your career if you've gotten laid off:
1. Embrace the opportunity. You were fired because you were not considered a right fit for the job. If it's a matter of temperament, embrace the opportunity to find a job that will not make you blow your top, or one in which you can be positive. See this as a great chance to find a better opportunity for your particular skills, your career desires as well as maintaining your health and enjoying a wonderful style of living.
2. Get moving. Don't become paralyzed at being fired. Make a "to do" list each day to a. explore jobs, b. update your resume, c. apply for jobs, d. network, c. review your day's activities, and e. reward yourself for not standing still. If you're down in the blues, perhaps a close friend or some support organization will help you get ambulatory again.
3. Tighten up. It's always wise to cut out unnecessary expenses even if you find another position early on, because a tightening will help you to make the change without stress. Cut out all but necessities. Reward yourself with free fun such as a trip to the public library, a park or by taking long walks with friends or family members.
4. Be honest. Very few people have never been fired, so don't think you'll never get another job. Focus on the positive results you achieved at your former job. You'll be asked why you got laid off, so tell them your skill set didn't work in that environment and explain what your good points are.
5. Network. It's tried, but true. Go to professional meetings. Join associations. Make cold calls to leaders in your field, and ask for advice. You will find that your bravery will be amply rewarded, even if not immediately.
6. Think outside the box. This is the perfect time to ask yourself if you are on the right career path. Can your skills be useful in another profession that you would find more rewarding? Find four potential "outside the box" career fields, and revise the wording and focus of your resume in four different ways to fit those career requirements.
If you got a pink slip (aka were fired) or simply lost a temporary job, you're at the edge of a great opportunity! Be sure to make the most of it.
Ruth Klein, America's De-Stress Diva™, is owner of the award-winning firm The Marketing/Time Source. With a master's degree in clinical psychology, Klein, is the author of the best-selling Time Management Secrets for Working Women and five other books on business and lifestyle topics. Sign up to receive Ruth's 7 Part Mini-Course on Branding and Productivity. http://tinyurl.com/25tqo5
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