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“Every time a bad thing happened in my career, I always landed on my feet and good fortune proliferated through increased earnings, greater fulfillment and expanded opportunity to learn new skills. Using multiple career marketing strategies simultaneously I made sure that failure was never an option,” he added.
Quickly create opportunities for yourself by changing your mental and physical state. Here’s what you can do to restore order out of your job loss chaos:
Want to deactivate your fears?
•Take a vacation now to clear your head and get perspective •Don’t feed your anger by calling past colleagues and revisiting past •Welcome your firing as an unexpected career advancement to next level •Limit your pity party to one business day (8 hours) •Forgive, let go, accelerate onward
Want to reactivate your confidence?
•Volunteer your time to someone who needs you – a charitable organization •Convert your resume from a career obituary to a marketing promo piece •Inventory your portfolio of skills and question their relevancy / currency •Showcase your business talent by serving on a community task force •Upgrade your self-marketing campaign to strengthen your branding
Change your focus from retribution to restoration and you’ll find key to layoff survival and increased employer interest. Swallow your pride and take control of your career by morphing yourself into a consultant. You might even be able to reverse your misfortune and sell your talents back to boss who fired you. Many ingenious job searchers have done just that and leveraged their talents by filling a void left by their departure.
If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.
Got any valid reason to settle for a bad-tasting insect when a juicy steak is just around corner? Get on with it.
Marta L. Driesslein is a senior management consultant for R.L. Stevens & Associates Inc. http://interviewing.com/, a career marketing firm and organization celebrating over 24 years of providing strategic marketing solutions for its clients’ career transitioning needs.