Losing a job or facing rejection after rejection while searching for a job can wreak havoc on your self-esteem. Insecurities come alive, defenses build, anger thrives, depression may even set in. The questions “Am I worthy?” and “Am I good enough?” loom right below the surface. The emotional impact of joblessness can be huge, and it can cause a downward spiral unless special care is taken.
So how do you build positive momentum after feeling the stinging rejection that often comes with job loss?
Below you will find 12 ways to handle the emotional side of job loss and job search. If you do take special care, you will find yourself bouncing back perhaps to a greater place than you could have ever imagined.
- Avoid “If only…” Accept where you are in the here and now and focus on what you need to do moving forward. The only reason to look back is to identify and learn from your mistakes. “If only” gets you nowhere. It is a waste of time and energy.