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How to Recover after a Job Loss

In the last few years, many newspapers had headlines regarding the impact of the bad situation of economy on the employment market. The economical crisis led to many bankruptcies, layoffs, and losses in many domains. Many people lost their jobs due to the economical crisis and could hardly find a new one. For those who lost their jobs and are depressed, here is some advice on how to recover after a job loss and how to prepare for the employment again.


After an unexpected job loss, one has to first evaluate the financial situation with calm and peaceful mind. Do not give in after hearing the bad stock situation or the bad employment situation. The only way to recover after a job loss is through a methodical plan of action and staying calm. You have to calculate the amount of debt you have, like the monthly bills, monthly installments, loan payments, what money you have besides your previous income etc. By making this asset and liabilities plan, one can get a better idea of his economical situation, like how much money he needs, and how to get a new job.

The initial feelings that one possesses after a job loss are shame and failure. Therefore, the best thing is not to be affected by these feelings and to ask for emotional support from family and friends. Think that those who are employed are lucky but they can easily suffer a job loss. Nevertheless, this does not mean that you adopt a pessimistic or sadistic attitude towards the world. Keep your cool and maintain a positive attitude. It is important for a person, who suffered a job loss, to receive emotional support in order to be positive and to start looking for a new job. Your friends and family will definitely give you the emotional support that you need and deserve. They will have ideas on how to get a job, how to cut costs and save money. In addition, they will probably look for openings on positions that match your area of interest. So, always share your worries and tensions with your family and friends. Do not maintain 'it is my problem and I will deal with it myself' attitude. This will only accelerate your worries rather than decreasing it.

The next step one can follow is to revise his budget and to cut costs regarding his lifestyle. For example, one can cut 25 dollars a week from the grocery budget, to give up the gym membership or to cut other extra expenses that are not part of your necessities.

In this bad economic condition, another great thing the applicant can do is to be open-minded. Therefore, if his area of expertise has no job offers he can orient towards other fields. For example- he can analyze what transferable skills and achievements will be helpful and applicable to other jobs. It is possible that these new jobs offer the applicant less money in comparison with his last job but he has to keep in mind that something is always better than nothing.

Another important thing that one has to keep in mind after a job loss is not to give up and to keep looking for a job. If he/she does not find a job for a week, a month or more then he/she has to know that opportunities can appear when less expected and he/she has to be prepared to apply. A part-time job is also vital because it can bring some extra money until one can find a new job.

In order to recover after a job loss, you can definitely try these steps: first of all stay calm and evaluate your financial situation, cut unimportant costs in your lifestyle, consider about changing careers and the most important one is to be positive and hope for the best. People generally divert their mind to negative things when they encounter ill fate or bad circumstances. This is the first thing to be avoided. Just keep this in mind that "if winter comes, can spring be far behind".

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