CAREER DEVELOPMENT / AUG. 16, 2013
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How to Turn Things Around After Being Fired!

If you’ve just been laid off from your job, don’t panic! Everything in life happens for a reason, so if you feel as if your world is crashing down around you, try to put things into perspective.

Maintain a positive attitude

Attitude is everything. A positive attitude changes your perception of a situation. Perhaps the job wasn’t going that well for you, and you’ve been thinking about a move for some time now. Maybe you liked your job, but in hindsight, you were stuck in a rut with limited potential for progression.

If this is the case, then you should embrace your job loss as an opportunity. Thinking of setting up your own business? Thinking of a change of career? Planning on taking a gap year? Want to recommence with your studies? Now is the time! Embrace the change and follow your dreams!

Self-evaluate  

This is the perfect opportunity to evaluate your current situation. Where is your career headed? Have you achieved many of your goals in recent years? What strengths and weaknesses have augmented from your career experience so far? What goals have yet to be achieved?

Write a list!

Write a list of every idea that you have that’s related to your career aspirations. Even if it is minor, write it down! Haven’t signed up for that blog yet? Put it on your list. Maybe you want to work for a particular company? Note it down.

Job hunting can be a stressful and timely process but is important not to let yourself lose hope or motivation. At the top of your list you should include an inspiring quote that will help you to remain motivated and keep focused.

Make the list as long as possible and be sure to work through it on a daily basis. This will give you greater motivation, particularly during times when you are feeling down.

Understand what your short and long-term career goals are and put them on your list. As you work through your list, you will hopefully get one-step closer to your career goals!

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