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How to Get Back on Your Feet After Losing a Job

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How to Get Back on Your Feet After Losing a Job

Let’s face it, losing a job is an incredibly daunting experience. 

Not only do you experience a major blow to your confidence, but you also lose your income, your workplace identity and the comradery of your colleagues. While there’s no denying the pain that comes with losing a job, it doesn’t have to be such an incredibly negative experience. 

If you’re wondering how to get back on your feet after losing a job, you’ve come to the right place. We’re uncovering five strategies that are sure to help you both mentally and financially. 

1. Mourn

Let’s face it, losing a job can be incredibly stressful and anxiety-inducing. 

In fact, studies have found that losing a job is quoted as one of the ten most stressful events in life. This is why it’s so crucial to give yourself official time to mourn your dismissal. During this time, try not to be too hard on yourself and give yourself adequate time to adjust. 

After a few days, you can move toward your next step. 

2. Address What Happened

It’s important to take time to address how and why your dismissal may have taken place. 

In doing so, you’re also going to want to determine if this job was the right one for you. Did you excel in your position or do you feel that your skills are better elsewhere? Did you have the right tools to succeed? 

Asking yourself these challenging questions is going to shed much-needed light on the situation. 

3. Get Back out There

There’s no denying that getting fired takes a major toll on our confidence. 

Despite this, it’s absolutely essential to force yourself to get back in the working world. This isn’t just for financial reasons, but also for the benefit of your mental well-being. 

After taking some time to come to terms with the dismissal, it’s time to get back out there. Be sure to browse job postings online, network with like-minded professionals and create online profiles for job boards.

The sooner that you make an effort to do this, the sooner you’ll be back in the working world. 

4. Build Your Skills

Throughout your job-hunting process, why not build your skills? 

Today, you can easily do this by taking online courses in a number of subjects and skillsets. Not only will this help your mind, but it’s also going to make you a more attractive candidate in the future.

Staying driven is incredibly important after being dismissed from a job. It helps to keep your mind active and reassure you that you have valuable skills to offer. 

Once you land your next job, you’re not going to benefit from all of this free time. It’s time to take advantage of being free from the 9-5 for a small period of time! 

5. Write a Thank You Email

Sending a gracious email to your former employer might feel a little backward at first. 

But, down the road, you’re going to be glad that you did it. After all, this former employer may be asked to provide references to your future employers. When you leave on a more positive note, this employer is all the more likely to shine a light on your positive attributes. 

This can be a simple note sending thanks to your employer for all of their help throughout your career. You can even mention that you’d appreciate having them as a reference to your future employers and wish them the best of luck with the business. 

Losing a Job

There’s no denying that losing a job is an incredibly painful experience. 

But, that doesn’t mean that being fired has to have such a profound effect on your career long-term. In fact, one study found that 91 percent of people bounce back perfectly fine after being fired. In all likelihood, you’re going to bounce back and find a new job that speaks to you even more. 

If you’re feeling down in the dumps after being fired, allow this guide to help you to get back on your feet. You can also read this blog to discover further motivation and insight into the working world. 

Go on, it’s time to push yourself! 

Conquering Analysis Paralysis (The One Thing Truly Holding You Back)

Conquering Analysis Paralysis (The One Thing Truly Holding You Back)
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Analysis paralysis is when you begin to overthink a decision so much that the choice never ends up getting made. 

Don’t let analysis paralysis disrupt your decision making. Learn how to conquer this paralyzing thought process and get on with accomplishing your goals.

1. Avoid Analysis Paralysis by Differentiating Between Big and Small Decisions

One of the most important steps to fighting decision paralysis is learning how to identify what is a big or a small decision. 

To figure this out ask yourself, how important is this decision? What is the long term effects of the choice I make? What are the pros or cons of my choice?

If the decision you are trying to make will not impact your life a year from now, or there are no big consequences as a result of your choice then do not spend a lot of time thinking about it. Make your decision and then move on. 

If the problem at hand is going to make an impact on you further down the road and there can be some fallout from it, then you do need to spend time to think it over. Big decisions can be tough, so it might be beneficial to write out a pros and cons list. Sometimes just writing it down can help you sort things out. 

For any decisions that fall in between, then take a decent amount of time to think on it, but spend too much of your time on it before moving on.  

2. Determine What Your Goals Are

Sometimes when making a big decision it can seem like a daunting task. In order to work through your pros and cons, it’s important to determine what your end goals are. 

Take some time to think about what you want to get out of this choice you are making. Try and determine two or three things that are important to you and weigh the decision against your goal. 

Once you have determined what you want to get out of it, then the decision will be easier to make. 

3. Stop Trying to be a Perfectionist

If you tend to be a perfectionist in all things you do, then you may find yourself paralyzed by indecision continuously. 

It’s time to realize that it is almost impossible to make a perfect choice every time. There are far too many variables that come in to play and you will spend too much of your time trying to make the perfect decision. 

Instead, focus on making the best choice for your situation and then move on while making the best out of your choice. 

4. Seek out Second Opinions

Sometimes when struggling with making a decision we can get caught up in the details and miss the bigger point. 

This is a good time to ask advice from someone that you trust and who may offer a different viewpoint or call attention to something you hadn’t thought of. 

Be wary of asking too many people though, as this may muddy up the original question at hand and leave you more confused than when you started. 

Are You Ready to Give It a Try?

Follow these tips and get on a path to avoiding analysis paralysis for future decisions. Hopefully, you will be able to free yourself from spending to much time on making choices and spend more time doing the things you enjoy. 

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