- Think about how you want to say goodbye to colleagues, say goodbye and then try to let go. Your messaging is important to how others will view you. Avoid unproductive conversations with former colleagues who want to “fill you in” on the latest organisation chatter. Conversations such as these may impede your efforts to move on and keep you stirred up in a sea of difficult emotions.
- Request outplacement/career transition services or a particular person with whom you would like to work. Even if you feel confident about your ability to find work, outplacement/career coaching services offered by experts will help you to learn something that will help your work transition.
- Give in to your feeling of loss and allow yourself to experience what you feel. Don’t run away from your feelings and accept that you will get back on an even keel later in your job search process.
- Look at the transition as both a loss and a gain. The gain – opportunity to find a new, stimulating and rewarding job, to try something new, to work with interesting people. This is an opportunity to search for these gains.
- Enhance your self-awareness and learn more about yourself. Do this by examining your past work environments, revisiting what you liked and didn’t like to inform your focus for finding your next role of choice. Insights gained from past experiences can be critical to making a success out of your future.
- You are a unique individual with special talents, strengths and interests so tune into what these are. Understand what the value is that you bring and actively look for places where that contribution can be made.
- Stay positive and think about the outcome you want, not what you fear. A positive attitude will help you feel good about yourself and the situation that you are in. Take control and work out what you can do now to help you through this difficult transition. Visualise your future unfolding the way you want it to. Accept that past achievements can no longer be standard for satisfaction in the present. Try to not cling to old identities, or roles if they no longer meet your needs and avoid those routines that you were only just “tolerating.”
- Set realistic short and long term goals and start to realise your dream of who you want to be and what you want to do. Be open and flexible. Establish a plan of action that focuses on strategic conversations with people in your field or in a new arena you’d like to pursue.
- Seek out and surround yourself with supportive, positive relationships from people who will compliment and encourage you as these people will be invaluable for helping you to make new beginnings.
The right outplacement programs can play a key role in helping individuals make transitions successfully and free up previous energy for living more fully in the here and now. Change is inevitable and sometimes outside our control; however most importantly, how we respond to change, reorient, adjust and redefine ourselves is a choice that is within our control.