Managing Job Change


Reasons for Change

The workforce in many parts of the world is going through change presently, mainly due to unstable global economic conditions and the introduction of innovative communication and information technology.  This is forcing businesses to compete on a worldwide basis.

To stay competitive small firms and large organisations in both the private and public sectors have to rethink about the way they do business.  Consequently they are restructuring, merging, outsourcing and governments are privatising.  Unfortunately all of this usually results in downsizing the workforce.

Even though these changes have been happening all around us for some time, it does not make it any easier when you are told you no longer have a job, and at first, the reality of your situation may seem like a very daunting one.  You might wonder – Did I do something wrong?  Why is this happening to me?

Many people have been affected at all levels and in all professions, all industries, and even all levels of government.  Like you, these people are competent and have good skills and qualifications, and losing their job was the last thing they expected.  This makes job loss all the more difficult to understand and come to terms with.

Job loss is a major change in your life, is a blow to your self esteem, and is very stressful.  And when the shock subsides you sadly realise that your associations at work with team members, other colleagues, clients, and projects you’ve been involved in will end.

Coping with Job Loss

Losing a job is on the same scale emotionally as losing a friend, spouse or family member.  You may go through a grieving process where you will encounter different emotions over a period of time.  Grieving is a natural process we go through to help us through the shock of our loss, and people experience it in different ways.

The different emotions you may experience include: 

Denial → Anger→ Bargaining → Depression → Acceptance

Everyone is different and these emotions may be experienced in a completely different order to the above, or only some of them may be experienced.  Whatever the situation it is important to understand that initially your emotions may go up and down.

TIP – High Emotions

When you react angrily to something or someone for no particular reason, you will realise what is happening and be able to explain it to the person you may have unfairly offended.

Dealing with Stress

Obviously going through this major change in your life and these emotions is a stressful time.  Therefore it is important to deal with stress early, as it may cause ill health and inhibit your success in securing your desired career or plans for the future.

There are many things you can do to shut down the stress:

  • Maintain a good diet
  • Drink lots of water
  • Cut down on alcohol and caffeine
  • Exercise regularly
  • Get lots of sleep
  • Go to relaxation therapy or listen to tapes
  • Get more involved in other parts of your life
  • Draw the line at the end of the day and celebrate
  • Develop a Happy Plan
  • Take a mini vacation in your head – look at photos, listen to music
  • Laugh

It’s important to recognise that work is just one part of your life.  The other 2 parts are your family life, and your social life.  While going through this stressful time in your career, make sure you engage fully in these other important areas.  Also, you need the support of your family and friends during this period, so make sure you discuss your situation with them.

Turning the Corner

We have all heard the saying ‘When one door closes another one opens’.  Almost always in adverse situations, such as with job loss, opportunities present themselves; although you may not see these opportunities or even comprehend them initially.  However, once you have come to terms with job loss and how it may affect your life, before you know it you will be able to see your way through the haze.

When this happens you will be able to ‘turn the corner’ and move forward.  This will enable you to decide what you would like to do as a career, arm yourself with the necessary tools to make the change, and then source and secure your new job.  Don’t be surprised that once you have made the decision to move on, you will be excited by the prospect of new career directions.

Of course all of this does not happen overnight; to be successful it takes some planning, determination, dedication, and hard work.  Effort + Commitment + Desire + Attitude = Success.

Managing Job Change Workbook

Complete Managing Job Change by purchasing the full workbook on this topic.  Learn about moving on and careering ahead, planning your future, and assessing your finances.  The Workbook is packed with lots more tips, activities, templates and samples to help you cope with job loss and manage your career transition.  Seek further help by engaging your own private Counsellor and Coach.  Contact us!  In its original state the workbook can be used by facilitators for short workshop presentations.


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