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You have a family counting on you; so now what? For starters, keep plugging along. Keep on keeping on. You know a job isnít going to fall from sky, so you need to just accept that your job right now is finding a job. You are working and youíre working harder than most at this task.
More importantly you need to keep a positive outlook. Yes thatís easier said than done. But if you canít control circumstances you can control your attitude toward it. You can either look at downsizing as an opportunity to do something different or to learn something new; or you can view it by accepting that youíve been dealt a bad hand of cards and now all you can do is play it out. Do not view yourself as a victim. No good will come from that attitude.
You wouldnít have advanced nor had longevity that you did in your former career had it not been for your wherewithal and internal drive. You need to find that strength again. If youíre still having a pity party, itís time to get over it. If youíve sent out that many resumes and exhausted what you believe to be all your leads and youíre still bitter and feeling sorry for yourself, itís time to reevaluate. If you havenít already accepted a job that youíre overqualified for and underpaid, then itís time you did.
Pride can be our biggest downfall. Working a family business that you never wanted to, or working nights at concession stand may not be what you envisioned for yourself. View it as temporary. View it as a paycheck. View it as an opportunity to network with people you would have never had opportunity to cross paths. Maybe your next customer could be a business owner that youíve been attempting to get an interview with.
As for people who give you clichťs Ė know that they mean well. People who have not been a mile in your shoes donít understand it. They donít know what to say. Remember downsizing sometimes sucks, but it may be forcing you into a new opportunity that you really love. Make best of it.
Roger Clark is senior editor at Top Career Resumes who provide free information to job seekers on all aspects of finding a new job and Medical Health News where you can find the most up-to-date advice and information on many medical, health and lifestyle topics.