Your Emotional Well-Being & Mental State Are Key To Successful Job Search
Your emotional well-being and mental state are what you need to watch out as you start to look for a job. When one is faced with sudden unemployment, there are all sorts of emotions running through one’s whole being.
Your feel anger, doubt, confusion, sadness, hurt, relief, stress, etc. These are the emotions you have to deal with. But you don't have to deal with your emotional well-being and mental state alone. You can find support and help in different places.
All the emotions you experience when you are told you no longer have a job are natural and expected. It is important though to understand, accept, and effectively deal with your emotions and mental state so these don’t become an obstacle as you start your job search.
There are support and networking groups to help you deal with your emotional well-being and mental state.
Give yourself sometime to take in what happened and to deal with all sorts of emotions you are experiencing.
I made a mistake of going right away to the outplacement workshop. I lacked concentration and was not in the right mental state. I was physically in the room but mentally absent.
Most companies allow their employees who were impacted with the reduction in force to continue the use of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for a period of time.
Check with your company’s Benefits Department if your company has one. If it does, take advantage of it for your emotional well-being and continued positive mental state. It is always good to talk to someone who is impartial and can help you understand your emotional and mental state, provide support, and objectively listen to your concerns.
If EAP is not available, there are some places where you can avail yourself free counseling like your church or non-profit organizations.
The stress of being unemployed, the job search, financial hardship, looming bankruptcy affects your emotional well-being and mental state of mind. Where I live, one non-profit organization, the Jewish Family Services of San Diego, provides various resources to deal with these issues regardless of one’s religious affiliations.
Your church is another resource you can go to for help. If they are unable to provide you the assistance you need, they can refer you to other resources in your community.
Check your local area for similar organizations and take advantage of their resources and free services. They are there to provide you support to maintain a positive emotional well-being and mental state.
Go to the library and find books that will lift your spirit and get you in the positive frame of mind to deal with unemployment.
Another book, The Aladdin Factor, is so timely when we all have to learn to network, connect, ask for help. Read this book to help you overcome your fear to approach others for help; learn "How to Ask, Who to Ask and What to Ask" and get all the help you need in your job search.
Find support and networking groups who can inspire you to move in the right direction to start over your career. Networking provides you the avenue to get to know other people who may know someone at a company that you are targeting for employment.
Meet, talk, and get to know as many people as you can who may eventually connect you with someone inside a company, and may eventually lead you to an interview and hopefully a job offer.
I joined InlandNet and The Boardroom among other networking groups here in San Diego. These are great networking groups focused on providing support to those who are looking for a job.
The group brings speakers to talk about various topics that will help in the job search.
They provide other resources such as use of their facility and access to tools and equipments to aid in your job search or access to individual job counselors.
Also find professional organizations and network with other professionals within your industry, niche, interest. This is a helpful venue to keep up to date with what is going on in your area of interests.
There are a lot of social networking groups online as well. Be choosy and make sure the groups you join can truly help you and provide positive contribution to your emotional well-being and mental state. The group has to provide you value for the time and energy you spent with them.
Volunteer. There are so many organizations, schools, non-profit organizations who are always looking for volunteers. Now is the time to put your lifelong experience and knowledge to good use. At the same time, it will make you feel positive and confident that you have a positive contribution to the organization or cause. Volunteering will also provide you with the opportunity to meet many people who can help you in your job search.
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