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Six Tips for Recovering From Job Loss

Six Tips for Recovering From Job Loss

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There are two aspects of job loss: the practical and the emotional. The real-ity of job loss is dealing with loss of income and benefits until gainfully em-ployed again. Emotionally, the consequences of losing a job are just as real.The self-image and worth may be damaged while fears about the futureand the ability to meet financial commitmentsmay be overwhelming. Many worry about howthey are viewed by others
There are two aspects of job loss: the practical and the emotional. The real-ity of job loss is dealing with loss of income and benefits until gainfully em-ployed again. Emotionally, the consequences of losing a job are just as real.The self-image and worth may be damaged while fears about the futureand the ability to meet financial commitmentsmay be overwhelming. Many worry about howthey are viewed by others

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Almost daily, newspaper headlines and the evening news are filled withtalk of another company merger or another plant closing. When companiesmerge or are bought out by other companies, inevitably jobs are realigned,altered, or eliminated altogether.Job loss can be devastating both emotionally as well as financially for thehundreds of workers who are told weekly that their jobs will be termi-nated. Grieving over a job loss is only natural, especially when the personlosing their job is not at fault. The stages of grief over a job loss and thesymptoms are very similar to those experienced when there is a death of afamily member.There are two aspects of job loss: the practical and the emotional. The real-ity of job loss is dealing with loss of income and benefits until gainfully em-ployed again. Emotionally, the consequences of losing a job are just as real.The self-image and worth may be damaged while fears about the futureand the ability to meet financial commitmentsmay be overwhelming. Many worry about howthey are viewed by others.The manifestations of job loss are real and canbe debilitating. If you have recently lost your joband feel that you are having trouble with in-creased stress; if you feel defeated; if you findyourself at odds with other family membersmore frequently than normal; or if you are sicmore frequently, you may be experiencing jobloss grief.What can you do to overcome the feelings of hopelessness and desperationthat frequently accompany job loss?1. Take time to grieve. Coping with, and getting through, any type ogrief, including the grief over losing a job, takes time. Even though
Job loss can be devastating bothemotionally [and] financially . . .
Six Tips for Recovering from Job Loss
ALABAMA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SYSTEM
A Fact Sheet
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:Dr. Jacquelyn P. RobinsonCommunity WorkforceDevelopment SpecialistState Headquarters216 Extension HallAuburn University, AL36849-5631Telephone (334) 844-5353FAX (334) 844-9022 jrobinso@aces.auburn.edu
Visit the Community Resource Development home page at
www.aces.edu/department/crd/ 
November 3, 2000Volume 1, 10
Job grief recovery tips 
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Take time to grieve.2. Keep a diary of your feelings.3. Exercise regularly.4. Form a new daily routine.5.Form a support group.6. Mount a job search 
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