Coping with Unemployment

Coping with Unemployment
Coping with Unemployment
Losing your job can be one of the most devastating, difficult and depressing experiences of your life. But it doesn’t have to be a time of total loss and despair; you have to do everything in your power to turn that loss into a gain. Depending on the circumstances of your termination, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. Make sure you inquire with the Human Resources department at your company before exiting the building regarding your eligibility and future resources. They should be very helpful in referring you in the right direction, as well as providing ample information on your termination package (i.e. who to call, compensation, health insurance/cobra plans).

Follow the instruction of your HR representative and use it as leverage to start your next career of job searching. It has been said looking for a job is a full-time job and this might be true, but it’s also a time to explore new options and you can’t spend 40hrs/wk in front of a computer in your home without any social interaction. Because it is an emotional time in terms of losing your job, leaving the office setting, the companionship of some coworkers and the routine of going to work every day, it is important you continue some semblance of a routine and personal connections.

Getting the paper or bringing your laptop to the local coffee shop is a good way to get out and still conduct your job search. Visiting your local career center is a great way to learn new ways to job search while being surrounded by people in the same boat. It’s critical not to hole up and let your life fall apart because you were let go or laid-off. If you were fired because of performance issues, use the time to work on those skills that cost you your job (i.e. not adhering to deadlines – test yourself with project at home that require strict deadlines). If you were laid-off due to cutbacks, don’t take it personally and move forward knowing it was nothing you did. It’s the economy and a very tough market.

Talk to others about their job loss experience, join support groups or chat rooms to gain perspective on how to use the time-off as best as possible. For some it may be a huge adjustment, for others it may be a welcomed break. Whatever the feelings may be, try to keep your social ties in tact for your own wellbeing.
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