You took certain things for granted when you were employed. Now that you’re “in between,” those things may not seem so positive. The things themselves haven’t changed; recognize that it’s your perspective that has. Let’s look at a few of these things and think about how important they are in your whole scheme of things:
Your family or partner strengthens the central core of your being and is greatly satisfying.
You have had many years of experience in various roles and have produced a credible record, which, if properly marketed, will be attractive to several good employers.
You’ve developed many skills that earned you your recent, important position. These skills will be useful in your job search and in your future.
You have a circle of friends who are important to you. Some of them will help you at this time.
The organizations that you belong to, such as church and community groups, have satisfied you and have broadened your horizons, and they may also help you during this search.
Your hobbies and outside interests have always given you pleasure and have broadened your experiences.
Your material possessions fulfill you.
Even though you’re uncertain at this time, look around you and remember all the people you’ve seen leave one job and find a new job similar to or better than the old one. You’ll get a good job too, although it will take some hard work and will undoubtedly cause much frustration.
Losing a job is a major loss—of income, of opportunity to get experience, and of time. On the other hand, it isn’t a complete loss.
Rather, it’s an opportunity to assess your values and goals and to become more realistic about them. It’s an opportunity to get your life back on track, to make conscious choices that will move you closer to your goals. It’s an opportunity to improve your skills of selling yourself, of making decisions, and of managing your job search —all of which will be useful in your new job and in your personal life in the future. You have a chance to be more creative and more assertive, to ask for support, to expand your horizons, and finally, when it’s all
over, to have made new friends and broadened your network.

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