by Torski Dobson-Arnold
As a former “laid off” employee and human resources professional, I have experienced first hand the emotional toll and stress that goes along with finding a new job. Regardless of whether you are unemployed or simply afraid of potentially losing your job, there are tips you can apply to best manage the stress and anxiety that are common among job seekers.
- Don’t beat yourself up if you’re outsourced or terminated or if your company is downsized. These unforeseen circumstances happen to all of us eventually at some point in our professional careers. They cross all industries, occupations and career tracks. You are not a “bad” person because you are unemployed. Use the resources available to you to successfully navigate the emotional roller coaster. Talk to your pastor, clergy member, or mental health provider to gain perspective. Determine what lessons can be learned and what areas of character can be built around the situation.
- Turn off the television (and the computer, too.) There’s no reason to continue to take inventory on the economy. Everyone recognizes that we are in a fragile economic state right now, but wallowing in its misery only adds salt to the wound. Take time to understand the future job market as it relates to your specific career field and its marketability, but that should be the extent of it. If we want to be successful, we have to surround ourselves with positive messages and images that culminate the outcomes we plan for ourselves professionally.
- Solicit support and valuable information from others. Join both virtual and “real” job clubs and organizations to help you in your journey. Talk with everyone you know about your situation. Folks can’t help you if they don’t know how. People enjoy helping others, if they can, as it makes them feel good and provides for good karma in their own lives. Some good places to start are www.linkedin.com, Career Prospectors (www.career-prospectors.com) and Needle’s Eye Ministries (www.nemctg.wordpress.com).
- Celebrate today. Rome wasn’t built in a day and your plan for re-employment won’t be either. Take time to recharge your batteries and rejuvenate your positive spirit. Take a walk. Read a good book. When you are ready to get back to work finding new work, you will be happy you did and it will show to those around you.
- Recognize and embrace the silver lining. Certainly, you’d prefer to be working right now, but when are you going to get this type of time again? Make the most of this downtime by spending with your friends, kids, spouse, significant other or simply doing something nice for you. What about those projects you’ve been putting off forever?
This time marks a transition, with a beginning and an end. Don’t worry — you’ll be back at work before you know it.
Torski Dobson-Arnold, a professional résumé writer and career coach with ten years of strategic HR experience in employment and recruitment, is CEO/President of Your Career Confidence, LLC, a career services firm specializing in creating one-of-a-kind professional portfolios for the active job seeker. Send your questions for The Career Confidence Coach to firstname.lastname@example.org