If you’ve lost a job, it’s normal to feel hurt, vulnerable, or angry. But there are many things you can do to take control of the situation and boost your spirits. You can get through this tough time by taking care of yourself, reaching out to others, and rethinking your career goals to rediscover what truly makes you happy.
Our jobs are much more than just the way we make a living. They influence how we see ourselves, as well as the way others see us. Our career gives us structure, purpose, and meaning. That is why job loss and unemployment are among the most stressful events in our lives. But it’s important to get back on the corporate ladder and start the climb again. You may have to start on a middle rung—or in this economy, perhaps even toward the bottom—but you can certainly get back on.
First, create and maintain a positive mindset. When you’ve lost your job, it’s easy to start criticizing or blaming yourself.