Hey, I know you don’t want doom and gloom but one of us has to ask the hard questions. So, with the housing market in free fall and price inflation taking off, jobs are less secure. Now is the time to spend a few minutes thinking about what you would do if the unthinkable happened to you.
And sometimes, it takes going through the different stages of “mourning” – disbelief, anger, depression, acceptance. Not necessarily in that order. Can you see anything good coming when carrying out a job search outplacement firms during the phase of disbelief anger or depression? But once you hit acceptance, you open yourself up to new possibilities.
There are many methods used to stimulate visioning. I particularly like Vision Boards because they use images, are permanent, and can be referred to again and again. They are an effective tool for clarifying and fleshing out what really counts. A Vision Board is a collage made up of arranged elements that have particular importance to the creator. The Vision Board composition is put together to elicit specific emotions and reactions. It is made by collecting meaningful images and photos; bits of cloth; stamps; art supplies, such as glitter, markers, and paints; and any number of other elements. These are then assembled and combined on a large poster board in a manner that evokes meaning for the maker.
I was a practicing eye surgeon for over two decades and ran a very successful practice. However, the time came when I knew it was time for me to move on. The long/short of it is by listening to my guidance, the perfect buyer showed up and I have moved on instead of waiting until something unpleasant happened to push me out. I have even seen doctors drop dead of heart attacks after staying on when they were obviously no longer doing what they loved. I did not want to wait until boredom set in, and I’ve learned to trust myself and go for it. Is the path completely clear? No. I’m I still glad I did it? Absolutely. I am happy and moving right along in my life purpose. We are in a time of much change and the more you learn to let go of fear, the better off you will be.
I work as a volunteer each week with the outplacement firm Group in Brentwood, TN and we have the opportunity to help many in their journey to their next job and/or career. This journey has been longer than anticipated for many in the group, with several taking over 12 months until reaching the summit (finding their job). The summit of Everest is over 29,000 feet and that seems like a long way up. In a similar manner, plan for your search to take longer than you think. By using this type of long-term thinking you will make sounder decisions and also use your supplies and resources wisely.
Regarding Job Brokers; happiness isn’t the only thing that money can’t buy; it can’t buy you a job, either. I also recommend avoiding resume-distribution firms with wild claims of success. You can learn to do the same things yourself with a little time and effort, while saving yourself a great deal of money.
Don’t put anything on charge cards unless there is a desperate need to do so. You don’t need interest on top of already existing debt. If you are in a bind with credit card debt, get credit counseling from your county or state government to help restructure and reduce your debt load. Be very wary of any offers that say they can eliminate your debt, particularly things you see on the internet.
Do you have tuition reimbursement or some plan where the company has a payback clause if you leave? Since you’re being laid off, it’s reasonable to ask that they don’t try to take it back.