Losing a job is not easy for anyone, whether it happens out of the blue or you anticipated something like that could happen. It is normal to feel shaken by such a situation, even if you are not the type of person who strongly identifies with their job.
But don’t spend too much time stressing about it. Losing a job is something that can happen to most of us at least once in our lifetime.
The initial distress might last for a little while, but make sure to take an active stance and take the initiative about your further career.
Here are some activities you can take on while searching for a new job.
Polish Your Resume
When was the last time you updated your resume? Probably before you landed your previous job. Dig it up from your computer and go through all the items. Create a list of skills you’ve learned since then and update your resume. Check out the job description from your previous job and add those responsibilities, too.
It is easy to forget some of your accomplishments, so make sure to specify all of them.
This is the first step you will take on your quest for a new job. Be truthful, so don’t exaggerate and don’t underestimate your abilities.
A neat and accurate resume is the foundation for your further success. Your new potential employers will form their impression about you based on it, so make sure it describes you in the best light possible.
You will experience a huge increase in free time, so make sure to fill it with constructive activities. After you’ve listed all of your skills and accomplishments in your resume, make a list of skills you want to learn in the near future. You will have much more time to learn new skills than you had while you were employed.
Explore job offers for jobs you would like to apply for. What are they looking for? Do you possess all of the skills they are looking for? Or do they expect proficiency in some skills you don’t possess? Search for those courses online or in your hometown. You can find a lot of free courses or courses with huge discounts online.
Find a job online
The internet provides a lot of opportunities for the unemployed. Aside from various courses you might enroll in, you can find a job as a freelancer. Look for a part-time job that will make you busy and help you earn a few quid during this period. There are many part-time jobs you can take, like a virtual assistant, market researcher or data entry clerk.
Another job you might consider is filling paid surveys online. It can perfectly fit into your daily schedule, and you will feel good because you are earning some money. You can do it from the comfort of your home, while listening to a perfect playlist, watching TV or making lunch. If you have a family, this is a good way to combine your family duties with your earning.
Treat yourself well
Regardless of your efforts to improve your skills and find a job, you will most probably experience a contemporary emotional distress that appears during the period of unemployment.
The unemployed are exposed to a larger risk of emotional and physical health problems. To prevent these, you should engage in activities you love, socialize with the people you love, and enjoy your hobbies.
Physical activity has a huge positive impact on mental health. Don’t hesitate to join the local fitness center, meet new people and learn new exercises.
If you prefer solitude over a huge number of people, there are some activities you might want to engage in, like running, yoga or meditation. Their influence on inner balance and productivity is well-known, so try some of them out.
Emotional distress is a normal human reaction to a job loss. Don’t be hard on yourself and try to focus on the positive aspects of this situation.
Give yourself some time to recuperate, and then take your destiny into your own hands.
Create a plan of your further actions: embellish your resume, learn new skills, find a freelance job, engage in physical activity, spend time with your friends and family, and be kind to yourself.