Recently Impacted by a workforce reduction? Are you feeling overwhelmed and uncertain what to do? Below are five items to keep in mind as you go through this critical time and transition:

  1. First and foremost know that your value has not decreased. You offer a unique set of skills and experiences that are of great value. Just because your employer no longer saw this value doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. You were hired initially because of the gifts you brought to the organization. Over time businesses change and the skills and experiences once required may no longer be needed. Perhaps your employer was ineffective in leading employees through business changes and developing individuals for success. Or perhaps you did not embrace the changes and were no longer engaged. Whatever the catalyst, don’t lose confidence in your value.
  2. You are not alone. It is not uncommon to have been impacted by a RIF (reduction in force) at some point in our work lives. Recruiters and hiring leaders more often than not see resumes from individuals that have been through some reduction or transition and don’t disqualify candidates based on this. More importantly is how you explain your job transition. If you are negative and resentful this will turn off prospective employers. They are looking for individuals who can overcome challenges and remain positive.
  3. Take time to grieve. You have experienced a significant loss; especially those that have many years of service and relationships they are leaving behind. It is natural to be angry, sad, or depressed. Others may find a sense of relief and happiness if they were unhappy in their job. Don’t let anyone dictate to you how you should feel. No matter what you feel, anger or relief, take time to grieve your loss. Your job was a large part of yourself. We often define ourselves by our work so it is natural to question your life purpose after a job loss.
  4. Take time to reflect. While you are in-between jobs or deciding on what to do next, take time for personal reflection and assessing your life goals. Think about the job you left. What did you like? What were some of the pain points that you’d want to avoid in future roles? What brought you the most joy? What is your true passion?
  5. Take advantage of available resources. Leverage your personal network, family and friends. They want to help and provide support, but often don’t know how to approach someone who lost their job. Also, your employer may have provided support through outplacement services as part of your transition benefits. If not, or to obtain additional personalized support, consider contacting a career coach such as HRCoaching4U to connect with an experienced professional who can guide you through the transition process whether you plan to return to the workforce, retire, or pursue other endeavors like entrepreneurship.

May you find peace and prosperity in whatever path you choose to follow.

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