When a person is faced with a challenging situation, the outcome is greatly affected by the lens through which this obstacle is seen. Especially when a person’s world is turned upside down by a job loss, the lens through which the person sees the loss can determine the outcome.
Consider three people dealing with job loss and how they approach it:
- How could they do that to me, I gave them the best years of my life and they dumped me.
- I will never find a job, I … am too old, … I do not have a degree, … I have the wrong experience, … I do not have a certification, … I am overly qualified, etc.
- I had a successful career up to this point. I have skills, knowledge and a record of doing things. This is an opportunity to propel my career forward.
You have the opportunity to choose which lens you see in your situation. Of the three examples above only one is productive and will help you move forward. You can choose which way you take, maybe it will not be easy to channel the anger (# 1) or stop the self-talk that you are not good enough (# 2) to the more productive and positive # 3.
Surround yourself with supporters who will give you honest feedback, encourage and care for you. These supporters will help you move forward so you do not get stuck in place.
Choose to see your loss through the lens of opportunity.
Rick Christensen: Director, Career Transition
Rick has been a career counselor for almost 30 years, serving a very wide and diverse clientele. His specialties include effective group facilitation, one-on-one coaching and consulting at all levels including senior executives.
Rick’s passion is to coach people through career transitions, developing career management strategies and identifying and honing skills to open doors to new opportunities. His efforts have helped thousands of people reach their full potential.
Contact Rick at: Rick@CareerDevelopmentPartners.com