Job transition is a major life change, particularly if you have worked at one job for an extended period of time, or if that job is significant to your lifestyle. This transition should not be underestimated – it can often be a very stressful time.
The Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale measures life changing events and their potential impact on human health. Not surprising, loss of a job is listed within the top-10 most stressful life events. It’s important to be clear about the impact that job loss can have to mitigate the potential stress and move yourself more swiftly towards a positive place where you are more prepared for a job transition.
In this section we explore what you can expect in the event of job loss and some steps you can take to build your resiliency and move forward in a positive light.
Recognizing your stress and emotions is an important first step before you can put a negative experience behind you. This exploration of your emotions helps you to put frustrations behind you and help you to move forward towards a more positive state. Negative emotions tend to show in an interview and can work against you.
Explore the challenges faced by loss of your job and spend time exploring the job loss cycle.