Fired from Your Identity

What to do when you’re let go from your job
  • Evaluate what you liked about this job and what you didn’t. Are you interested in re-entering the same type of position in the same field? Could this serve as the catalyst for you to try out something you’ve only dreamed of? Take some time to go through “What Color Is Your Parachute?” or the Myers-Briggs test to help remind yourself of your skills and what you enjoy.

As you are healing emotionally from the disappointment, take steps to heal yourself practically.

Learning more about something you love will help you engage during a time when it would be really easy to disengage from the world.
  • Once you know what you are looking for in your next job, start investigating—research companies that intrigue you, find people in your network who know people who work there. Start going on informational interviews. Get offline. The Internet is a honey trap—it feels good, you think you’re being productive, but most people get jobs from people they know. So get out there and get to know some new people.

  • If possible, find a part-time gig. Losing your job is really, really, really hard emotionally. It also quickly comes with financial pressure. If you have put money aside for an emergency, now would be the time to use it. But if don’t have any money saved up, you’ll likely start feeling financial pressure within days of losing your job. A part-time job will offer you some income, while not locking you into a full-time job that isn’t a great fit and doesn’t leave time for interviews or job searching (which is a lot of work, in-and-of-itself). Think of this time as a sabbatical and be creative. Do you like riding your bicycle? See if you can find a job in a bike shop. If you’ve always thought that unique grocery store would be a fun place to work, see if they are hiring. Learning more about something you love will help you engage during a time when it would be really easy to disengage from the world.

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