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Getting Back Into the Workplace After Unexpectedly Losing Your Job

Updated: Oct 9, 2020

We’re currently living through and facing the Covid-19 crisis, a major shock to the global system. It is a period of uneasiness where many of us may find ourselves unemployed for the short term or long term.

Covid-19 has continued to hit the economy hard, with hundreds of thousands being laid off. Between March and August, the number of people claiming unemployment and low-income benefits in the UK rose 120% to 2.7 million of the population. As the Furlough scheme unwinds this coming month, it is likely this number will only increase. Many businesses will decide that they cannot afford to start paying their workers again and will have no choice but to let them go.

If you have already found yourself in this unfortunate position, we have some tips on how to cope with the stress and begin the job hunt!

Working provides us with a great sense of self-esteem and purpose whilst also connecting us to others. It is no doubt that this loss can spiral a sense of anxiety and stress.

You may ask yourself how can I deal with this?

First, it is important to accept the reality of the situation and process the loss

- Although it is important to acknowledge the difficulties of a job loss, it is important that you don’t dwell on this but rather accept it

- The sooner you start the process of applying for jobs, the sooner you’ll reap the rewards!

Secondly, avoid self-pitying

- Sometimes a job isn’t meant to be. Whether you’ve been let go due to an external situation such as the global pandemic or by internal restructuring, don’t blame yourself!

- Losing any job can be emotionally wracking and can add additional stresses. It can be as daunting as losing a loved one, take the time to process it and acknowledge your emotions. Talk to a friend!

- Take this opportunity to reflect on what you want out of life and your career priorities. Research careers to find out what you do and don’t like – LinkedIn is your best friend

- Think logically, why do you need a job? Check your finances, cancel any subscriptions that are not a necessity – think about your online magazine subscriptions and the gym

Finally, take care of ourselves

- The stress of losing your job can take a toll on your well-being and mental health

- Remember to make time for exercise, rest and relaxation. You’ll find it easier to focus and search for a job if you are emotionally, mentally and physically stable

- Consider a new hobby, if you haven’t been able to make the time beforehand now is the perfect opportunity

How can I get back into the workplace?

Begin positioning yourself

- Have a look at your work experience, what connects them all together?

- What has directed your journey so far?

- What do you like doing?

- If your industry has taken a setback – look at how you can position yourself into a similar role in an industry which is growing, perhaps think about IT and digital infrastructure

Set up notifications for Google jobs

- Google jobs is a great source for beginning a job hunt, it’ll help you search the market as to what is available and where

Use LinkedIn!

- Begin by updating your profile, you can do this by:

o Change your profile picture, make sure this is a professional shot. Don’t forget to add a cover photo!

o Add keywords to your profile, these should be a mix of command words and industry specifics. As a top tip – recruiters search for key words!

o Make sure to mention that you are available immediately and looking for new opportunities

o Ask your previous employer and colleagues for endorsements and recommendations, this provides you with credibility

o Build your network, connect with people in organisations you’ve considered applying for. They could give you better insight into the position and maybe even offer you a referral!

Put time into applications

- Apply to your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice

- Put a lot of time into applications, never stop!

- Tailor your CV and cover and letter to each application. Check out our blog on how to improve your CV

- Don’t fall at the first hurdle, failing an interview or application can help you to improve your technique, keep going!

- The more applications you apply for greater your chance of receiving an offer

Consider upskilling and learning something new

- Take advantage of free webinars

- A lot of courses are available online for free or at minimal costs – check out

Remember! Employers are less likely to question a break in your employment at such an unpredictable time like the period we are all living through together now

Want More?

Check out our blog page which we update regularly. We have previously gone over issues including whether to move job or not, how to overcome anxiety when you start a new job and negotiating your salary for your new job.

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