First, when you lose your job it is time to take an honest assessment of what led you to lose your job. It is often difficult to take such a critical look especially when anger still exists about losing your job but this is an important first step. There are several areas to consider when evaluating why you lost your job that include personality/attitude traits (where you a good fit for that company culture), experience, training/education and time management skills. One useful way to get a sense of why is to review past performance reviews.
Second, begin to network right away with people in your field. This means reaching out to family and friends and letting them know that you unemployed and looking for a job. This is not a time to prideful – talk with your friends and family right away. Also, begin to attend networking events where you will find like-minded people who might be looking to hire.
Third take additional college courses or certification classes to update your skills. Being unemployed gives you a great opportunity to catch up on work related education that you may have postponed because you were too busy to complete.
Fourth remember to have a positive attitude and believe that you will be able to overcome this minor setback. With a positive attitude and a plan anything is possible.
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