Job Loss: Speed Bump

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein

When changes occur in which we have no say, or control, we may temporarily feel apprehensive, uncertain or helpless.  We may feel betrayed.  We may feel depressed.  We may feel relief.  We may be very angry.  We may blame ourselves.  We may ask, why me?  We may blame the company.  In short, we experience all sorts of awkward but normal feelings.

Adjusting to job loss is difficult. It is easy to take the layoff personally.  Job loss takes a bite out of our dignity. However, terminations and layoffs are not personal attacks.  They are a normal part of doing business.  We must acknowledge that mergers, economic downturns, and reorganization are a fact of business life.

Your layoff is the result of the current business culture.  From a corporate business standpoint, a decision was made that the only way to survive is to cut spending.  The largest expense item in any business is payroll and cutting payroll means saving money.  That means cutting jobs.  It is not you.  It’s just a part of business.

Put our current business environment in perspective, consider the length of employment for your parents or grandparents, particularly if they worked for a large corporation.  They might have spent 35 or 40 years with the same company before they retired.

Now the average length of stay with a corporation is slightly over two years.  According to the Department of Labor Statistics, if you were just starting out, you may make 8 to 10 job changes before you are 38 years of age.  Times have changed and so has the business climate.

Temporary loss of esteem or confidence is only a passing phase, not a permanent condition.  Your situation is not unique.  You are not the first nor will you be the last person who has experienced termination.  You are not alone.  Think of all that you have achieved; keep in mind the difficult situations that you have helped turned around, the obstacles that you have overcome, the ones that seemed like huge hurdles initially.

Look at the facts realistically. You have control over your attitude and your ability to manage change.  Begin planning for the opportunities that exist.  It is normal and acceptable to grieve over loss.  However, rather than make grieving a lifestyle pattern, focus instead on what you can do to change the situation.

Research suggests that talking out your feelings with your coach, or a trusted non-judgmental friend, or a professional, is an important way to gain perspective on the situation.  “Get it off your chest.”  Keeping your fears and concerns to yourself prolongs the stress and magnifies the tension that you feel.

If you choose to enroll in the Paisley & Associates Career Transition Services, LLC you will receive help through this challenging time and may eventually to move into a better job and perhaps, a more rewarding career.  The value of the program is that you’ll be working with an experienced consultant and coach.

You will be provided with support and assistance through all phases of the career transition process.  Your professional coach has the education, experience and expertise to assess your specific situation and make the proper recommendations on how to achieve the best results.

Choose to believe in yourself. Your beliefs have consequences.  Assume a positive outlook.  Let optimism and enthusiasm be indelible parts of you. Choose to act and speak with confidence.

Transform the initial sense that the termination is a like a road closure, to more realistic view, that it is only a speed bump in your career path!


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