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March 9, 2016
How Losing Your Job Can Be the Best Thing That Ever Happened to You
 
Losing your job can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be the end of the world. In some cases, it actually could be the best thing that has ever happened to you!

I had a client, years ago, call me, and she sounded great — much better than she ever had during our previous coaching sessions. Two minutes into the conversation she said, “I got fired last week and I’m so happy!” She had wanted to move on for a long time. So if you’ve recently lost your job, although we know in many ways it’s not ideal, here are a few ways to reflect on your situation and find the silver lining. It’s important to keep a positive attitude and keep moving forward.

It’s the push you need to make a change. Maybe you liked your job, but many times we stay with the job we have because of the security it brings. Good benefits, financial security, or a reasonable schedule are all things that make us feel safe at our jobs. But were you really doing what you love? Perhaps you felt unhappy or unfilled while you were working. This is really a great opportunity to do some soul searching and discover what you really want to do with your career.

It teaches you life lessons. This may be an opportunity for you to learn how to actively network, how to create an elevator speech, or other basics that you didn’t need while you had a job. It can also help you to find other ways to feel productive while you job search, such as volunteering your time, participating in workshops in your career field, or other ways to make a difference. This is also an opportunity to reflect on what you do have that you can be thankful for.

Give yourself feedback. View this as a time to give yourself a performance review. How were your work habits over the past few months, or even years? Do you find that you could better your soft skills? Is there something you could improve on to help to modernize your skills or your knowledge? Research online workshops or classes that you could take at a local college to perfect your work technique. Lynda.com is a great resource.

Think creatively. Use this time to think big. What dreams did you have when you were younger? Think about what fulfills you, your career values that you would like to honor in a new job, and your “wish list” for your next job or career opportunity. What kind of transferrable skills do you have that could be used in a different job or career path?

William Pollard said, “Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.” How true those words are. Use this unexpected opportunity to innovate, be creative, and to improve yourself.

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Guest Blogger Hallie Crawford is a certified career coach and founder of HallieCrawford.com. Her team of coaches help people find their dream job and make it a reality. She is regularly featured as an expert in the media including the Wall Street Journal, CNN, and US News & World Report. Visit her website at www.HallieCrawford.com for more information about her team's career coaching services. Set up a Complimentary Career Strategy Session with Hallie Crawford to get advice on your career goals. *Mention you saw us on Talent Zoo and receive a free bonus if you purchase a product or sign up for coaching.* http://www.HallieCrawford.com
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