Tribune Media Services
February 19, 2013
Even the most vital and vibrant health care facility is susceptible to cutbacks, relocation of services or a new owner. Any of these factors could leave employees scrambling to fend for themselves to find a new job.
If you get the sense something might be up, get that resume out there, activate your personal and professional network to find opportunities and aggressively shop yourself.
Save up, spend wisely: Of all the struggles related to a job loss, the loss of income is probably the most distressing.
Before you're stuck with little to no money coming in, consider creating a monthly budget. You may be surprised at how much money you really need each month, and how much you waste, once you add up the cost of car and mortgage payments, food, health insurance, utilities and so on.
New doors: The consequences of losing a job don't have to be all bad. In fact, it may provide an opportunity for you to change direction in your career. If you've been contemplating a career change, getting laid off may provide you the perfect reason to make the move, says career coach Nicholas Aretakis.
"Start looking for and thinking about a job that really suits you," Aretakis says. "Change gives you the opportunity to gain new experiences and develop areas of your professional self that you've been wanting to pursue."
Maintain control: Despite the stress of an uncertain job future, try your best to remain positive. Continue doing the things you love and consider picking up a new hobby to avoid dwelling on the negative, says Harvey Mackay, author of "We Got Fired! And It's the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Us" (Ballatine Books, $23.95).
"Some folks feel so guilty about rejection, they deny themselves the very things that will keep them motivated," Mackay says. "It could be buying a book or a ticket to a tennis match, and it needn't be extravagant. Working out, keeping yourself fit and healthy, participating in activities that make you feel good about yourself are all surefire ways to fire yourself up about being fired."