It’s normal to go through an array of different emotions if you suddenly find yourself without a job overnight. People who find themselves in this position usually feel confused, anxious, depressed and out of control. If you find yourself in a similar situation here are a few steps to help you get back on the right path to becoming employed again.
1. Deal with the situation quickly and accept it for what it is
It’s normal for you to feel mixed up and confused once it has been confirmed that you are now without a job – do what you can to face the emotions and deal with them as quickly as you can. Try not to ponder about the emotions for too long – as it will take longer for you to move on. It’s important that you are able to pick yourself up quickly in order to portray yourself positively to future employers.
2. Take time out – even if it is just for a few days
Take a break away to vent your emotions. Take the time to sit and think about new possibilities and think about the new opportunities that you are about to face. Once you have taken time to reflect, your emotions will improve and you will have cleared some of the negative energy that you have been harbouring. No employer would like to employ a negative person – so do whatever it takes to focus on the positive.
3. Believe in your achievements – think positively
Try to focus on the highlights and achievements that you have accomplished in your role. Try not to let the thought of losing your job over-shadow everything that you have achieved to date. Everything that you will have learned and experienced are going to help you with future opportunities and are going to help you take the next step into your new and exciting job role.
4. Update your CV and send it out to as many relevant employers as possible
Think about how you are going to present this blip that you have encountered in your previous career. Decide how you are going to deal with it at interview with recruitment consultants, head-hunters and employers. It’s extremely important that you demonstrate to interviewers that you have dealt with your emotions and you have learnt from any mistakes you may have made in your previous job role. When the Interviewer asks why you left your last job – whether it’s because the company had an internal restructure, closed, down-sized or you lost your job for performance reasons – address the problem there and then. Honesty is always the best policy.
5. Email previous employers / colleagues thanking them for the opportunity
No matter how angry, upset or hurt you feel – leave the company gracefully! You may need previous employers and colleagues in the future – so always prevent sending angry emails and/or speaking negatively of the boss.
6. Always leave with a reference
A positive reference will help speed up the job search process. Before you leave the company try and ensure you have a folder of positive appraisal reviews, endorsements from colleagues and clients – as well as any reference from previous employers – this will be very helpful in your search of a new job.
7. Don’t attend interview too soon
As desperate as you may be to secure a new job; it’s not a good idea to attend interviews immediately after losing your previous job. Prepare yourself and take time to consider what job role you would like to transition into next. Are you sure you want to stay in the sector that you have recently been working in? Is there another job role that you think would suit you better? Before firing your CV out to many different employers – take time to think about where you see yourself next.
8. Don’t panic!
Trust in yourself and believe in the skills and achievements that you have accomplished. Reflect on yourself and be confident illustrating yourself to prospective employers. Tailor yourself to the job vacancy that you are interviewing for – present to the employer why you feel you are the right match for the job. Most importantly don’t take the first job on offer – go away and think about the job role being offered to you – is it where you see yourself next?
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Have a great weekend!
The Agricultural and Farming Jobs Team