All the information you could ever need when you are looking for a new job.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
As I’m writing this blog post, I am looking for a new job. Times are tough, and it is no longer unheard of to get retrenched. When I saw Getting Back to Work by Linda K Rolie, I knew I had to read it. And boy, am I glad that I did. This book is full of information, tips, and tricks that you didn’t think of. And to top that off, it also gives you emotional support. Let’s face it, losing a job is a huge loss. Especially when you did not choose to leave. It is completely normal to experience all the phases of grief. These include denial, anger, bargaining, depression and finally, acceptance. I am definitely still in denial. A lot of people tie their identity to their jobs. It gives us a sense of meaning and belonging in the world.
THE PLAN OF ACTION
According to Getting Back to Work, there are no wasted experiences or mistakes. There are only lessons. When you lose a job or decide to make a switch, it is a great time to re-evaluate your life. Is it time to invest in yourself? Are you happy with the job that you have? This could be a great time to find a job where you will be more satisfied and happy. It is important to tell your family and friends about your unemployment. Not only can they give you valuable support, but they can also help you to look for a job. I am a huge introvert, so networking is a very difficult concept for me to embrace. Luckily, when you have good quality friends, they will help you with networking, too.
The book gives some great phrases that you can include into your resume. It also gives some great computer hacks for when you are applying for a job online. An employer will only take two to six seconds to scan your resume before they decide if you are worth it. Using the tips of building a great resume will give your job hunting a great boost.
THE MONEY MATTERS
Not a lot of people can manage to keep the recommended six months of your income in a savings account. The book gives some great tips on how to stay afloat. Immediately try to cut back on unnecessary expenses. Then take advantage of any unemployment benefits. Your employer should have signed you up for that. Using the money in your retirement fund should be the very last option to explore. Make sure that your credit record stays clean. Contact all your creditors, and explain your situation to them. They will be able to help you out and appreciate the fact that you phoned them instead of skipping payments. Finally, set yourself a strict budget, and stick to it.
WHAT DID I THINK?
I definitely learned a lot from Getting Back to Work. Not only did it change my physical approach to job hunting, but it also helped me to cope emotionally. You are allowed to feel bad, it is normal and even healthy to work through your emotions. But if you set goals, and be pro-active, you can and will re-enter the workforce. Good luck in your job hunting, and remember that you are not alone 😊
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