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Getting through an emotional roller coaster

Losing a job can leave you with many different emotions. You may feel as if you’ve not only lost your job, but also your self-esteem, your work community and possibly even your identity. It’s important to take the necessary time to work through your emotions so you can start looking forward with hope. Here are some great ways to do that:

  • Journal your feelings—you may be surprised at what you learn
  • Talk with a spouse, partner or friend who is a good listener
  • Accept reality, because no matter how hard it is—you need to process what happened in the past to look to your future
  • Examine what you’ve learned about yourself during this time of transition and define how it’s reshaped your priorities
  • Be inspired by others who have bounced back after a job loss
  • Above all, take good care of yourself
  • Talk with someone who can help you navigate what's next. Find contact info for a CareerForce location near you.
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Expanding your social network

Meeting new people is a terrific way to meet new opportunities. Expanding your social network also helps you stay positive during what can be a very stressful time. Here are a few ideas for you to consider:

  • Enroll in a professional association in your field or industry and take part in their networking activities
  • Volunteer for an organization you admire—it’s not necessarily a path to employment, but it connects you with others who share your interests
  • Join a job club to get and give encouragement while also learning valuable career-building tips. Find out about job clubs and other networking opportunities.