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7 Essential Steps for Processing a Job Loss A Guest Post by Linda Descano

Over lunch recently, a friend and I both commented on the number of women in our network that are in transition. A few initiated the transition, recognizing that their role or the organization’s culture wasn’t in sync with their career goals or values. Most, though, were “displaced” as a result of company restructuring, mergers and the like. In either case, reinventing yourself takes careful consideration and serious time.

This topic came up over another lunch with another friend and former colleague as well. We decided to reach out to several “women in transition” in our network and ask for their insights, quite frankly, to help us navigate our own respective career transitions.

We came away from these discussions with so many valuable insights and ideas that we decided to share them in a series of posts, as a way of paying it forward. And, to be transparent, given that the women we spoke with were in various stages of transition, we agreed not to attribute the advice to any individual.

This first post curates the best advice we heard for internalizing and processing the decision – and here’s what we heard:

  1. Remember that it’s business, not personal. Try to keep your emotions in check.
  2. Recognize that it will be a process – and you may feel a bit off-kilter at times. Breathe and reflect. Don’t react in the moment.
  3. Remember that you are still you. The talents you brought to your job and further developed through your experiences there remain a part of who you are – and will enable you to get a position that suits you even better.
  4. Moving on from a situation is not giving up; it’s about showing up everyday for the life and career you want to lead.
  5. Be good to yourself. Positively distract yourself by doing things that make you happy.
  6. Spend time with positive people who are genuinely interested and invested in your success and happiness.
  7. Take time to think about what you want in your life and work and then create a “filter” to guide your reinvention and evaluate new opportunities.
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