Losing a job is incredibly stressful and scary. It can be so disorienting that people struggle to find their footing and put themselves out there for new opportunities. But once you come to terms with the shocking news and find strength through your support system, your best next steps are to acknowledge your loss and look for something new.
At a first glance, losing a job is never a good thing given that it means a loss of income and an uncertain future. However, you can’t deny the fact that this loss also forces you to seek new and better opportunities. It forces you to reconsider your options, what you want to do, and removes the stress of feeling like you have to seek a specific career route. You can forget the corporate ladder and search for a role that makes you feel rejuvenated and important.
You’ve already been removed from your comfort zone which means you can do nothing but move in a different direction. This is the perfect time to take some risks, seek a position that might be intimidating to you, and possibly excel in your career further than expected. So, if you’re currently on the hunt post-job loss or seeking advice if it happens, here are a few reasons why loss can be one of your greatest opportunities for more.
Ask Yourself the Big Questions
When you’ve found a decent position, you’re often reluctant to look elsewhere. You’ll remain in your position, evaluating what you don’t like while appreciating all that you do like: security, income, a job you know how to do and do well, and colleagues you’re familiar with. It might often cross your mind, “What if?” but the risk seems unnecessary. However, when a lost job comes along, it presents a new opportunity. Rather than talking yourself into pursuing these risks and opportunities, you’re forced to face them and now have the opportunity to pursue what you’ve been wanting to for years.
Network, Network, Network
Tap into your network and seek the help you need. Often, you’ll find yourself reluctant to ask for help because you might feel like you should be able to do it all on your own. It’s not as big of a deal as you’re making it. Given anyone you knew had their job and looked to you – their network for some help, you’d be quick to give advice or help them find new opportunities. Now, you’re the one asking. Your network is a safe audience and the easiest kind of risk you can take. They help you learn about the current market, think outside the box, and potentially connect you with truly amazing opportunities.
Refine or Redefine Your Brand
Who you were 10 years ago is far from who you are today. Whether it’s a resume, cover letter, portfolio, or website, make sure these documents and pieces of work reflect whom you want to be in your next position and what you’ve experienced throughout your professional career. This is the perfect time to redefine your brand and refocus it on what you’re looking to do now and in the future. This will open new doors and help companies, recruiters and headhunters find you or you find them for the next right career move.
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