Top 10 Ways to Cope with a Job Transition

by | May 3, 2017 | Planning Your Business

A job transition can be stressful — whether they’re due to layoff, a new job (or business) or working extra hours because others workers were laid off. If you’re facing one, consider the following.

Top 10 Ways to Cope with a Job Transition
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1. Take an honest look at yourself.

What are your strengths, weaknesses, skills? How did those influence — positively or negatively — your job transition? How can you leverage them to the best effect?

2. Step up your self-care.

Major changes are physically and emotionally taxing. They increase your stress. You need self-care now more than ever. So take time out for “me time” … be it a bubble bath, a Netflix binge, or an hour or two working in the garden or your latest craft project.

3. Engage your curiosity about the job transition.

What went wrong, or right? What could you have done better? What worked really well? Learn from this experience.

4. Focus on what you want, and less on what you don’t want.

Keep your eye on the prize. Remember, what you focus on expands. You don’t want what you don’t want to expand, right?

5. Find support.

Since your job transition affects your family as well, it may be better to seek the outside support of friends or professionals. Be open to finding support in surprising places — I found an amazing amount of support on Facebook when I was hit by a car in February 2016.

6. Work on your thoughts.

Calm your fears and reinforce your sense of hope and happiness. Leave yourself positive notes. Put some fresh flowers on the table. Do things that make you smile and feel happy.

7. Reassure (or avoid) those who are threatened by, or jealous of, the change.

The last thing you need is a Negative Nellie bringing you down.

8. Create your own rite of passage. Ceremony and ritual help with all transitions.

I like to write down something I want to release on a piece of paper and burn it. I imagine the smoke being representative of my letting the negativity or attachment go.

9. Let go of how things were “supposed to be” and accept “how things are.”

Find appreciation for what is. Fixating on things that are not is a recipe for frustration. Acceptance is the path to growth and being open to the possibilities.

10. Keep things in perspective. Or try on a new perspective.

Don’t get stuck. Remember, the only constant is change.

1 Comment

  1. WendyY Bailey

    Excellent tips, Carma! I haven’t been in the market for a job for a long time but there were definitely nuggets in your post for me, too.


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