COPING WITH LOSING YOUR JOB

The Career Initiatives Center (CIC) is a “career transition services” organization for displaced midcareer job hunters in Cleveland. The first thing they give new candidates is the pamphlet Coping with Loss by Robert B. Garber. The pamphlet enumerates the “stages of job-loss crisis” most job hunters go through to varying degrees:
Shock
Denial and/or disbelief
Self-isolation
Anger
Bargaining
Guilt and remorse
Panic
Depression
Understanding of and resignation to the situation
Acceptance of reality
Building a positive outlook
Opportunity, growth, and new direction
While the list looks formidable, remember that these feelings are normal and millions have gone through them before you and have survived. You’ll find you’ll go through most of these stages, a few not even recognizing it, and not always in this exact order. This book will show you how to deal with them by focusing on your future and conducting
a very active job search. If you do these two things well, then the stages become manageable.

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