Advice for the newly unemployed
from the members of Connect:
Professional Women’s Network.!
BROUGHT TO YOU BY 
WHAT TO
DO ...
Losing a job is never easy. “Give yourself time to grieve and
work through the loss. When you're ready, commit yourself fu...
Reframe this as a time for growth. “Change can be scary,
but it is just outside of your comfort zone that you find out
exa...
Take the good, leave the bad. “List what you contributed to the job, what
you got out of it that you can carry forward, an...
Keep a routine, and keep moving. “Get out of the apartment as if you
were going to work. Workout at a gym early morning, g...
“Seize this opportunity to develop new skills. There are
plenty of courses online that are free and useful, like computer
...
Get creative. “Try finding a work-at-home niche while searching for employment.
There are plenty of opportunities online f...
Make connections in your community. Try doing some
volunteer work. It gives you an opportunity to network and give
back du...
Find out what you truly want. “Reflect on your last position. What did you like/
dislike about it? Do you want your next p...
And then go after it! “When you're ready, be aggressive. Don't
wait for opportunity to find you––find it. And when you lan...
Doris A. Wright, Administrative Professional
Your dream job is out there. “It sounds like a cliché, but the saying that
"w...
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What To Do When You Lose Your Job

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Members of Connect: Professional Women’s Network share how to bounce back after losing your job.

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  • Yes it is hard to job search, especially if you are over 50 and there are so many candidates available. IF you need to upgrade skills, computer or whatever, it is sometimes too costly and there are many levels of candidates looking. I have been looking for 5 months, and am single with no familly. You have to just keep going, like the ever ready bunny and believe something will click. Apply wherever there might be afit, or even close. Going out in person, face to face is necessary, along with whatever else you do.
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  • Its very hard to start all over.. I had to leave my job but I can say I was very sad about havig to leave..No I wasn't fired.. But having to start all over isn't coming easy for me I gave my last job 6 years of me and tried very hard but it just didn't work out. Like you Kristin I feel lost and hopeless at times and like you I'm not sure if I have the strength to do it again. I am not in my 20's so starting over is harder then I ever thought it would be. When you get over 40 people don't want to hire you and if they do its twice as less then what you made and it makes it to hard to live on. I've given what ever is going to happen for me to God and I am praying its something soon.
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  • but, alas I was fired. I feel lost and hopeless. I believe everything happen for a purpose, but I am unable to see a bright side. I dont know if I have the strength to begin again.
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  • This year I lost quite a bit. First my 22 year marriage, then my sobriety, my freedom, my reputation, my home, my cars and had no self worth left. The most painful kick in the ego was the 29 yr old woman who lives in my home, drives my car and has a great career. But I foucused on my sobriety and found job that paid badly, but began to fill the cracks in the world , cracks where my value and worth depended on my children, husband and home. I then found a very good paying job and I was thrilled. I worked so hard, for myself to get it and although it was very long hours and hard labor, I was determined.
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  • One good advice is to take advantage of free courses on interviewing skills, resume writing and computer knowledge. Most workforce commissions at the states offer these classes. I should have used those years of unemployment to take some of these classes at the TWC although I have been fortunate to learn some new skills while working with my husband.
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What To Do When You Lose Your Job

  1. 1. Advice for the newly unemployed from the members of Connect: Professional Women’s Network.! BROUGHT TO YOU BY WHAT TO DO AFTER YOU LOSE YOUR JOB
  2. 2. Losing a job is never easy. “Give yourself time to grieve and work through the loss. When you're ready, commit yourself fully to find the best job for you. It's rough but you'll get through it.” Sarah Caruso, Administrative Assistant
  3. 3. Reframe this as a time for growth. “Change can be scary, but it is just outside of your comfort zone that you find out exactly what you are made of.” Kimberly O'Bannon, Deputy Program Manager
  4. 4. Take the good, leave the bad. “List what you contributed to the job, what you got out of it that you can carry forward, and ways those things could be applied to a new job. Once you feel sure of these things, you’ll be able to convey them to the next employer. In a real way, we have to convince ourselves first.” Bridget M.M. S., Office Admin., Coach, Writer
  5. 5. Keep a routine, and keep moving. “Get out of the apartment as if you were going to work. Workout at a gym early morning, go back home and prepare a lunch daily. The key is remaining focused and positive over losing a job. Work on you while unemployed.” Edna Marie Norman, MSHRM, Executive Secretary
  6. 6. “Seize this opportunity to develop new skills. There are plenty of courses online that are free and useful, like computer programming courses for example, or even a second language!” Katherine Copas, Marketing Communications Specialist
  7. 7. Get creative. “Try finding a work-at-home niche while searching for employment. There are plenty of opportunities online for different fields. For example, an administrative person can find proofreading and typing work. Sites like Fiverr.com may also offer some cushion. Do a search online. There's so much out there.” Audrey Malone, Writer, Editor and Administrative Specialist
  8. 8. Make connections in your community. Try doing some volunteer work. It gives you an opportunity to network and give back during this down time. Chioma Robertson Phillips, HR Director/HR Business Partner
  9. 9. Find out what you truly want. “Reflect on your last position. What did you like/ dislike about it? Do you want your next position to be similar or completely different? Before looking for another job, know what you want. Losing a job can definitely be a blessing in disguise. You may just find yourself happier than before.” Patrice Sutton, Social Media & Sourcing Specialist
  10. 10. And then go after it! “When you're ready, be aggressive. Don't wait for opportunity to find you––find it. And when you land your next adventure, do it energetically. It's a new beginning!” Stephanie Tastad, Coach, Social Marketing, Event Planning
  11. 11. Doris A. Wright, Administrative Professional Your dream job is out there. “It sounds like a cliché, but the saying that "when a door shuts a window will open” is true. Sometimes it takes quite a while, but you must keep a positive attitude. It's very frustrating sometimes, but someday soon you will find a company that will give you a chance to prove what an asset you would be.”
  12. 12. ©2014 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Join the conversation! Connect: Professional Women’s Network, Powered by Citi, is an online community on LinkedIn that helps women achieve the careers they want and discuss the issues relevant to their success. For more great insights from Connect members, check out the discussion: What advice do you have for someone who just lost their job? Visit linkedin.com/womenconnect for more information and to join the group for free! 1: Monkey Business Images /Shutterstock 2: Ollyy/Shutterstock 3: FocalPoint/Shutterstock 4: TEDconference/Flickr 5: xamogelo/Flickr 6: bikeriderlondon/Shutterstock 7: bikeriderlondon/Shutterstock 8: Monkey Business Images /Shutterstock 9: TEDconference/Flickr 10: mezzotint/Shutterstock 11: AR Pictures/Shutterstock PHOTO CREDITS:
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