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Job loss might hold the key powerful life lessons

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THE past few weeks have seen Australian workers hit harder with reduced hours, pay cuts, stand downs and redundancies than arguably at any other time in their lives.

It is no secret that companies from airlines to restaurant chains and retail clothing outlets to theme parks are letting workers go in droves as they ratchet down operations because business has dried up faster than bargains disappear from the shelves on Boxing Day.

If you have just received the news you have lost your job, it may have been a curveball you did not expect – even in these most challenging of times.

It is common to think that only those who regularly fail to meet their organisation’s expectations are the first to get the move-on. But today’s grim reality is that no one is immune to losing their job.

Being told you have lost your job, particularly in a very challenging and unforgiving job market, creates confusion, uncertainty, insecurity and ambiguity.

There is no shortage of advice about the steps to take if you do lose your job. Tips will include staying connected with those in your industry, updating the CV and embarking on training to keep yourself current.

Career advisers will be quick to point out that leaving a job with integrity, grace and style – irrespective of the circumstances – is critical.

And while we might not realise it at the time of losing our job, powerful learning can occur during what is usually an unpleasant experience – and it can make us mentally stronger and build our capacity to adapt to new situations.

As a starting point, you will work out who your true friends from work are. They will be the ones who stick by you, offer support and check in with you long after you have left the workplace. And they will also be the ones who you want to stick by, invest time in and offer reciprocal support in the longer run.

You might also learn that we can take huge blows and keep on living. We might also become more resourceful, particularly with respect to how we spend our money.

And notwithstanding the initial anger and upset, losing your job may well make you more appreciative of what you have.
Many learn that job loss can be an opportunity to reinvent yourself.

Think of the type of person you want to be: do you stay in the profession you have worked in your entire life or do you decide to take a big step and try something different?

Above all, you will learn that the initial short-term negative experience of losing your job might just help you develop the inner strength and positive mindset to help future-proof your career in the longer term.

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