Generally speaking, any job change can be very distressing, whether you've been laid off, fired, or switched your career. Still, losing your job can hit much harder than a career change. When you get fired or laid off, your profession, income, and self-esteem can all take a blow and make you feel like you're starting over. Do you know how to rebound?
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What Is Career Resilience?Career resilience refers to your ability to easily adjust and adapt to a change in your career, regardless of the circumstances. With ongoing unemployment and layoffs, many are still recovering from the havoc the pandemic caused, while others are considering changing careers, finding a new job with more flexibility, or starting their own business. The unpredictability of COVID-19 required many to step out of their comfort zone. This uncertainty is where career resilience is useful.
The First Step to Building Resilience after a Job Loss or Major Change
After a job loss or career change, it's natural to feel let down for some time. However, you can't afford to stay down. One of the best ways to rebound from any hardship, especially a job loss, is to keep yourself moving forward. That's why, after you've calmed down, rested, and reassessed, you need to throw yourself back into the ring and start looking for a new job.
Moreover, if you want to practice career resiliency, it's helpful to start while you're formulating a plan and job hunting. The first step to building resiliency is recognizing that this ending can be a new beginning. Accepting that job hunting could be a lengthy process, but a growth mindset will give you the needed encouragement.
By building resilience, you'll be able to bounce back from all the rejections and ignored emails and keep moving forward day after day while job hunting. With perseverance, one day, you will get that positive email or call, and all your job hunt efforts will be worth it. Or perhaps, you'll decide at this juncture, it's the perfect opportunity to start your own business.
3 Ways to Cultivate Resiliency
1. Look at Setbacks as Opportunities
One of the best ways to build your resiliency and rebound from a job loss or major change is to look at the experience as an opportunity. Instead of allowing your misfortune to discourage you or looking at the event as your personal failure, require yourself to see all the positive sides. Maybe you grew tired of your job, were looking for a possibility to change careers, or wanted to go back to school—you can use this time to do whatever you want. Explore your passions and interests; figure out what you’ve always wanted to try, and give it a shot.
Once you have your new job, you can use this positive outlook to face minor setbacks. Perhaps you hoped for a different position. Your new employer might start you at a lower salary than your last job. However seeing the outcome as an opportunity instead of a setback, you'll focus on the clear pathway for promotion and dig in with gusto.
Any disappointment can turn into a new beginning and an opportunity for you to continue your professional and personal growth. By developing yourself through the ups and downs and hardships, you'll come out stronger on the other side.
2. Try to Be Flexible
Resilient people recognize that things change and that well-laid plans sometimes need to be revised or abandoned. That's why it's imperative you're always willing to consider alternate paths to your goals or even to change your goals entirely if required. When it comes to resilience, you can’t be too set in your ways in neither life nor career.
For example, you may need to adjust the timeline you had planned to change your career due to unforeseen circumstances. Or, you might even choose an entirely different path to achieve your end goal.
Your plans might require you to move to a different city or state altogether, and you need to be open to moving even if it may be stressful. The stress might even double if you are relocating with kids; however, if this new opportunity will benefit your family in the future, consider it. If you plan well, you can organize the entire move in just a few days with the safety of your little ones in mind.
3. Maintain a Healthy and Active Lifestyle
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