Coping with Job Loss Breaking the News

Losing your job is never an easy event, but breaking the news to your family can be one of the hardest things you do.

You’re likely to ride a wave of emotions from anger to depression and a variety of others in between. Let’s face it, coping with a job loss is tough, especially if you have children at home who may be at an age where they don’t understand.  

We all handle things in a different ways, but there are universal similiarities to what we experience when dealing with a job loss. Some experts say it’s like grieving the loss of a loved one!

One of the keys to coping is recognizing the emotions you’re feeling. Don’t be surprised by what’s happening – as you deal with this you may experience a range of physical & behavioral symptoms such as:

  • restlessness
  • loss of appetite
  • irritability
  • trouble sleeping
  • etc.

You’re going to feel what you feel – so be prepared for it. Don’t use it to justify any inappropriate behavior, but anticipate the fact that you might not be in the best of moods when in crowds or dealing with people, especially family.

Stay positive, seek the support of others, & most importantly get into a routine. Channel your emotions into the fuel that ignites your job loss into an exciting new career or business. Empower yourself, take control of your career and persue your PASSION!

James Pilcher in his Article “Telling the Family You Lost Your Job” uses some emotionally descriptive words to describe his feelings: Angry, Hurt, Scared, Vulnerablecan you relate to these? I bet you can, I can!

James gets real in his article and provides great tips on how to handle the conversation with your family. I especially liked the point he made about “remembering what’s important” and the quote he uses from Marc Cendella of The Ladders -

“Teach your children that the most important things in life are health, family, and being together.”

Take some time to read James’ article (link opens in a new window) – it will assist you in putting things in perspective when breaking the news to family, while helping you cope with a job loss.

Question: How have you coped with losing your job? What helped you keep your perspective as you went through the emotional roller coaster? Share your tips or questions below -

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Breaking Through a Job Search Plateau

Has your job search hit a stand still?
Have you been sending out your resume and getting little to no response?
Have your job interviews been far and few between with no feedback from the employer?

You’re stuck and there seems to be no hope in sight! That’s exactly how it can feel when you hit a job search plateau. You’ve lost traction and just can’t seem to get back on track. All your progress has come to a grinding halt. How frustrating!

You’re not alone in your experience. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an unemployed individual who decided to give up and leave the labor force spent an average of 21 weeks trying to find a job. These individuals hit a plateau and instead of breaking through to success they just gave up!

You see, most people think of plateaus as a setback, but they’re not! Typically, it means you’ve stopped making progress. It doesn’t mean you’ve gone backwards. Many people seeking to lose weight hit plateaus. It doesn’t mean they’re gaining weight. It usually means their body has adapted to their current changes and they need to do something different. If they continue doing what they’ve been doing they won’t see the results they want.

If you’ve spent some time looking for a job and haven’t seen results, see it as an opportunity to focus your attention and evaluate your current condition. Don’t see it as a setback. Realize your efforts so far have not been in vain.

The 3-steps outlined below will build on your recent efforts helping you break through your job search plateau to achieve success:

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