If you are in the post-job loss period, you are undoubtedly not having the best times of your life. Whatever the reason, finding yourself without a job is never an easy challenge to face. Work ennobles man: this function has been valid from the very beginning until today. In reality, the profession is not only a means of remuneration but it is a value, an identity element, and often a vocation.
Work, in addition to keeping us busy, is a source of social identity: we know who we are above all from the type of job we do. We feel part of specific social status and feel a sense of belonging to the social fabric that allows us to build our self-esteem.
Some research in the early 1930s focused studies on the change in the attitude of working individuals who then reach unemployment. From these empirical analyzes, it was concluded that the unemployed, despite having more time available, much more often encounter states of monotony, in which they have no incentive to carry out various activities.
Because we understand the psychological and physical implications of job loss, we want to encourage you by reminding you that not all evils come to harm. Change can bring opportunities that you would never have welcomed before. You may find a better job than you had, which more closely matches your needs. During the journey of life, nothing can be planned and the best opportunities can be found around the corner. Maybe the turning point you were looking for has arrived.
We’ve listed 7 steps below that can come in handy in such a difficult time.
The word “reset” is never perceived positively, especially because it is often associated with problems relating to the management of smartphones or PCs. In these cases, in fact, we tend to format when we feel forced in case of full storage memory, viruses, or compromises of various kinds. In your case the speech is different. Erasing everything related to the old job is not a consequence of a bad but it becomes a bridge that can help you connect with the future, to move forward without thinking too much. Only if you close with the past can you notice the new opportunities that life offers you?
2. Don’t get discouraged
People are often inclined to think that they will never be able to find a job that meets their needs again or that the new job will not be like the previous one in some ways. The news is always scary and, if it reassures you to know, it is completely normal. We know the old, we know what we are facing and we are, in a sense, ready to face it. The new is unknown, uncertain, and different. But remember that the best opportunities come when we leave our comfort zone, where nothing is more a habit or a routine. It is precisely in these situations that interesting news presents itself, you just need to be ready to see and welcome them.
3. Ask for references
The only time you’ll have to go back will be just to ask your former employer for a reference letter. This particular letter will be the testimony of your professional qualities: a delicious morsel to be given to the market. With it, you will be much more competitive and reliable. Compare it to a sort of positive review towards you: in the eyes of those who will have to hire you, you will be very interesting. However, remember to check the reference letter carefully before sending it and make sure your old boss only reported facts.
4. Don’t be satisfied
Don’t throw yourself into any job opportunity, don’t adapt if you have the possibility to turn down jobs and wait for the most suitable one. After the loss of your job, you can only accept better than what you had. Always aim high and try to improve your conditions. Patience and perseverance, with the right amount of calm, will help you make the best choice.
5. Enhance your curriculum
Enrich your resume with the latest experiences by giving it new life. Eliminate what you think cannot be used and highlight your strengths. Remember that the resume is your business card. The first impression is essential.
6. Introduce yourself on LinkedIn and do PR
Be active on LinkedIn and build your network of relationships. In addition to being an online resume, your profile can also be a potential candidate for a new job. Don’t underestimate the resources of this platform. More and more people can find work thanks to contacts in their network. LinkedIn, more than any other platform, can be crucial.
Establish virtual and non-professional relationships. Meet people, make new acquaintances, move out of your usual area. There is nothing more effective than enriching your bonds with figures who can introduce you to professionally interesting people. Often it is precisely from the networks of “distant” contacts that information for new jobs is obtained.
7. Take advantage of your previous experience
Previous experiences, even if not totally related to one’s ambitions, are still important stages in life, irreplaceable paragraphs of knowledge. No job is ever exclusively a “failure” or a waste of time. Reserve the opportunity to learn in any context and you will emerge from any condition richer culturally.