5 ways to heal and bounce back from your pandemic job loss
June 29,2020 at 3:40PM UTC
I’m among the millions who lost my job during the COVID. And yes, this kind of admittedly entailed languishing in bed, because that is a form of just getting through. I’m now better than I was before this pandemic began so I wanted to share how I adapted and conquered this abrupt change.
1) Do nothing:
That’s right. Clarity can come when doing nothing and just being with yourself.
It’s important to remember who you were before losing your job. I built back my confidence each day by doing so.
3) Spread some kindness:
Do something kind like sidewalk chalking hearts around parks (this was fun) or contributing to a small business. Doing something for others will make YOU feel better.
4) Be patient with yourself:
The only one that can heal your loss is you. Acknowledge that grieving is hard work and not an overnight thing. Accept where you are first and then make moves to conquer your next ambitious dreams second.
5) Search for your next step:
Thanks to this community, I found a new job. I found a job on Fairygodboss and throughout the interview process, I asked for FGB advice (specifically resume & interview-related) when I needed it.
So thank you for listening and hearing my story. I hope this helps give others with the confidence boost many might need (I definitely needed). And if you’ve been here before and/or would like to contribute more points/thoughts on this matter, please share!
Browse recent posts
Is this a bad offer or do I need to adjust my expectations?
Hi everyone. I just received a job offer with a company I used to work with. The pay is a bit over minimum wage. It’s the right field and it’s been so hard for me to find a job in my field this year.
The catch is that they aren’t going to pay me for commission when they sell my prints anymore if I join full time. I’ve made 2 years worth of art that they sell and it brings me a good chunk of passive income each month through art licensing. My finances are going to be pretty tight without commission. And if they’re still selling my work without paying me for it, I feel pretty bad. Like I think it might affect the relationship I have with my boss. I feel like I’m not in a position to turn down a job right now, but their policy about commission is firm. What should I do?
0 Likes • 2 Comments
I was put on a client and told to do IT tickets when I do communications in writing about technology and when I said, I need to be removed and placed on another client because this is not a job fit and not what I was told the job would be.
I was removed and benched and now fired.
0 Likes • 4 Comments
Hello I am a fresh graduate industrial engineer, it's been around 3 months since I started my journey to get a job and until now I couldn't get an offer.
What are really the requirements needed in order to get a job? And tbh I am starting to doubt myself.
0 Likes • 2 Comments
Is this a red flag?
I just had a video interview and the gentleman I would be working the most with asked if I was a quick learner. I told him I believe that I am. His response was "I guess everyone needs to say that. I don't like to answer questions more than twice." My response was "Well, it's a good thing I like to take notes" and I showed him my note pad I had been scribbling in since the begining of the interview . We laughed it off but... I'm thinking this might not be the best learning environment.
Some background about the company: it was started in the 90s and the same 6 people who started it are still working there today. Some of their systems are so old that they are no longer supported by the manufacturer. I would be replacing a person who wants to start their retirement.
1 Like • 9 Comments
Not sure what else I can do..
Just over a year ago I got a new boss. She came in strong and made some changes that a lot were not happy with. She claims to be holding people accountable but she’s really just pointing the finger and persecuting everyone for their mistakes.
There are a lot more details behind the situation that I can’t share but I have made two lengthy complaints to HR and an anonymous report to our ethics board. Going to her boss would mean speaking to the president of the division and I’m not sure I’m comfortable with that.
One of my direct reports has quit because of her and I am also looking for other employment. Several others have stated the same (which was shared with HR). I feel as if I’ve done my due diligence for my team but nothing is being done above me.
1 Like • 6 Comments
Just need to mildly vent.
I recently lost my contract job and have had to start the applying and interview process again UGH! Anyway, have a second interview with a company for a position that I’m over qualified for and will be making a lot less money. The second interview is where I have to do a presentation followed by questions. Not thrilled by no issues. What I am annoyed with is having to send them my presentation in advanced. I was more prepared to just take over the screen and present. Why do companies feel that they can ask for your work and possibly use a later date. It is bad enough when you are asked questions about a past project that the company may also be considering and want to know your ideas and processes on how you accomplished it. (You see them writing down notes during this specific conversation), and not call you back for the next stage of interview.
So of course going to put in pdf, no notes, and password protect which is about all that can be done.
Just needed to get this off my chest