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Top 10 Ways to Cope with Job Transition

2013-09-19 18:42 (comments: 0)

Last week I got some great feedback for the theme: "Are you doer or victim". Many people shared with me how they have experienced the situation in which either they or others have lost their jobs or got moved to another position. Job transitions can be stressful-whether they're due to layoff, a new job or working extra hours because others workers were laid off. If you're facing one, consider the following:

1. Take an honest look at yourself. What are your strengths, weaknesses, skills? How did those influence-positively or negatively-your transition?

2. Step up your self-care. Major changes are physically and emotionally taxing. You need self-care now more than ever.

3. Engage your curiosity. What went wrong, or right? What could you have done better? What worked really well?

4. Focus on what you want, and less on what you don't want. Keep your eye on the prize.

5. Find support. Since your transition affects your family as well, it may be better to seek the outside support of friends or professionals (coaches).

6. Work on your thoughts. Calm your fears and reinforce your sense of hope and happiness.

7. Reassure (or avoid) those who are threatened by, or jealous of, the change and only see everything negatively.

8. Create your own rite of passage. Ceremony and ritual help with all transitions.

9. Let go of how things were "supposed to be" and accept "how things are." Find appreciation for what is.

10. Keep things in perspective. Or try on a new perspective. Don't get stuck. Remember, the only constant is change.

If you are facing a transition, I invite you to take me up on my offer for a free coaching session to explore some of these questions. You might end up in a better position then you ever thought possible!



Any transition serious enough to alter your definition of self will require not just small adjustments in your way of living and thinking but a full-on metamorphosis. 

Martha Beck 


Getting fired is nature's way to telling you that you had the wrong job in the first place. 

Hal Lancaster 


It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it's a depression when you lose yours. 

Harry S Truman

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