Career Crossroads E-Book

Changing jobs can be stressful There are many situations that could leave you searching for a new career. Maybe, you have been presented with a new assignment. Perhaps, you have decided to explore a new opportunity. Or, you might be experiencing a sudden, unexpected job loss. Upon learning about a job loss, almost every area of your life can be affected.

n  Acknowledge your feelings. People may experience many

Regardless of your reason for seeking a new job, a career transition and all that it entails—approaching potential employers, critically assessing your own skill set, or taking a risk on a business venture—represent change. And, any type of change, planned or unplanned, can cause stress because it represents a disruption to something familiar. To help you manage any feelings of anxiety and navigate even the most difficult of job transitions, consider the following suggestions:

emotions after a job loss, including excitement, uncertainty, depression, or anger. You might even experience feelings of grief, and as with any loss, there will be a period of adjustment. Each person will react to a career transition in their own way. While these emotions may be uncomfortable, recognize that what you are feeling is normal. However, if at any point you suspect that your emotions are too intense, contact a career coach or counselor for advice.

People cope in different ways during the initial stages of job loss. Some people like to get right to work on their resume and job search, while others spend time alone to contemplate their situation. Some may even fall in between these extremes and go back and forth between sadness and action. We each handle stress differently, so there’s no right—or wrong—way to cope in times of change.

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