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Keys to managing job loss, part 2

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In today’s economy, company downsizing events are a normal part of business. Maybe you have witnessed this first hand and now find yourself at a crossroads, not knowing where to turn. In part one of this four-part series, the first five keys were discussed. In part 2, the next five keys to managing a layoff will be covered in an effort to get you one step closer to effectively managing your own personal layoff or helping someone you know manage theirs.

Manage your expectations; you probably will not land a new job tomorrow.

Right after being downsized, you have nothing to prove. If you were walked out of the office on Friday, don’t try to be a superhero and attempt to have a job by Monday, especially if you were not given advanced notice or if the layoff was particularly upsetting to you. You need time to figure things out. What do you want to do next? Where do you want to do it?

Identify your support structure and keep them informed of your progress.

You may feel embarrassed and ashamed that you lost your job. Those are normal emotions. You may also be angry. That is okay. The best thing you can do is confide in a few trusted people; family, friends, etc., that can help you deal with your emotions at the onset. Be careful when dealing with family members, however, because all will not be as understanding or supportive, especially if their livelihood is dependent on your income.

Realize that you do not have to go through your job loss and career search alone.

Even if you cannot identify family and friends that can serve as your support structure and counterbalance, there are other ways that you can get the support you need. Many faith-based and community organizations have formed job hunter support groups. These groups can be a great way to share feelings, discuss job search strategies, and otherwise serve as a regular place to go to help you maintain a routine.

Maintaining anger towards your former employer will not help you in advancing your career search.

Initial anger is okay. Anger months later can sabotage your job search, especially if you find yourself carrying this anger with you into your interviews or if you feel your temperature start to rise at the mention of your former employer. At this point in your career search the best thing you can do it is best to process this anger and move on from it so that you can have a clear head as you look for new opportunities and begin to interview.

Seek out professionals to help you manage your job loss and help structure a successful job search campaign.

If it has been years since you have written a resume, cover letter, and other job search correspondence, if you are new to social media tools such as LinkedIn, Google+, and Twitter, and if you have not conducted a job search in quite some time, then you may want to seek the help of professionals in the careers industry to lend you a hand. Professional resume writers and career coaches specialize in working with individuals just like yourself and can actually reduce the time you are out of work by making sure you have the correct documentation and a strategic job search plan.

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