Take this time to assess what you want to do instead of pondering income streams. Wherever there is a problem, therein lay a solution. Reemployment is no different. Oftentimes we become reactive instead of proactive as our thoughts quickly go to, what am I going to do? Change your thought pattern to what can't I do!?
A successful path is not always the one right in front of you, it may be something on the bubble that has been stirring for awhile and now resurfaces. Relinquish the brain freeze, because the longer you sit, the longer you stay in the same sedentary position-mentally and physically.
Deal With Emotions-Do Not Drown In Them-Let's face it, egos are bruised and feelings are hurt when the layoff arrives at our cubicle. No one is discounting your feelings, it is a loss. However, by concentrating on the event, you are empowering it. Believe it or not, this is momentary-not your life.
Keep Your Options Open-The first job may not be your first or fifth choice, but, may take you to a whole new field of growth opportunities. A critical overview will sabotage and diffuse. Be open to change.
See Positives-The skills, which are usually a grocery list long, since most of us multi-task no matter the title, will come in handy. List each skill and what role they played in daily tasks. Put these in play on your resume.
Do Not Take Road Most Traveled-Step out of the comfort zone by researching entrepreneurship. Many cities and towns offer programs to potential business owners. Check your local employment agencies for Fresh Start curriculums, classes, webinars and discounts for higher learning, see what you qualify for. Check public libraries, some offer excellent online classes that may increase academic, social and economic values.
This does not mean waiting three years until the choicest opportunity presents itself, or turning into the eternal student. Strengthen, create and build engagement, the goal here is progression.
Networking Your Value-A shiny resume is great, now share it. LinkedIn.com is a great segway. Unsure how to utilize it, there are online tutorials, groups, advice, techniques and networking etiquette. Another resource: www.meetup.com. Some groups are more effective than others, do the work so you find the best fit for optimal prospecting .
Speak with group organizers, ask questions, stay visible. Practice a 30-second commercial of your skills, goals and what you are seeking.
Side note: once you are back to work, stay in touch. Never take anything at face value. Do not take advantage, or vacate without a trace once your needs have been met. Find a way to pay it forward within the groups you made initial contact, expanding your network-after all, things can change.
Most importantly, unemployment is not a sentence-it is a second chance for reflection, renewal and resurgence. Lane changers are game changers.