You must be wondering how life will be without the well-paying job which you struggled to get. You are not alone in this circus.
It is not about who loses the job; when your “pay slip has been separated from you”, keeping it up can be frustrating and painful. So, what do you do? This is what to do instead.
1. Take a Breather
Chances are that you have a loan which you are servicing out of your salary. It has been terminated. You are therefore required probably to think about anything you hated about your job. Just make a list of them! You will rejoin the job search list soon enough, so allow yourself some time to rest.
Take everything easy. This is the time to look back and identify your weak areas. Capitalize on your weak areas, turning them into strength when you eventfully take a walk into the job search. You must strategize properly on the next move after the rest.
2. Reflect on Why You Lost
Probably you lost your job because you didn’t have the right experience. It is time you probably thought of taking short professional courses to help you remain relevant. If it was out of misconduct, get a counselor to help you change your characters.
3. Get to Work!
Prior to getting comfortable and probably start watching hundreds of episodes of latest series, there’s this lump of advice: Get to work! Do something. If you don’t have a salary hitting your bank account every other month or week does not mean you don’t have a job. You can do the following.
First, update your CV. Like, for example, take out the part where you said you were an intern for a week! Include that three months volunteer you did. Secondly, network. That’s easy through WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Make appropriate use of your contacts. Thirdly, evaluate your career. Maybe it’s the wrong one. If you hated your job, try out something different!
4. Change Your Self-esteem
Losing your jobs is likely to pull down your prowess and self esteem. But is it the end of you? It isn’t! There is a mentality that bankers for example, have to dress in a certain way. Just get out of that school of thought. Fight it. Men’s self-definition, especially, is wrapped up in their job; so that any demotion or sacking is a major blow to their ego and esteem.
It comes a time when you must work towards differentiating between you being and deviate from our self-esteem or from people, places, and things.
5. Develop New Hobbies
Hobbies can change and bring money into our pockets. Take photographs for pay. You can easily be trained on how to handle a camera. In fact some people have turned their hobbies into admirable jobs. This is a time to find out what you like to do, other than ‘working’ and sleeping.
If you did something different with your time away from the bed, you are highly likely to benefit from that new thing altogether.
6. Work On Your Budget
Every day you run out of your house, you are out to look for ways to meet the bills. Restructure your bills. You can do away with some aspects which are not necessary. You must adjust owing to the changing patterns in your incomes.
Cut out all expenses that aren’t absolutely necessary: evening coffee, a landline phone number that you don’t use, a cleaning lady or gardening services, cable. Have meals that are healthy but manageable. Take charge of the new financial situation.
7. Network Again
Having been engaged in your profession at your previous workplace, I suppose you have adequate networks who would tip you on new openings. Employers would want to hire someone well known to the company and also part of the staff.
But again, outside your job, create new networks, so that if, for example, you have changed your career, it can be easy to cross over. Ideally, job loss can be very destructive to your career when it is not well managed. If you have all it takes to get a psychological counselor to help you get started, please engage one.
Job losing is not a predictable phenomenon. It can happen at any time for any professional. You must stay up to the task and you can opt to go back to school, if you lost it on incompetence grounds.