Job loss has long been considered by researchers as one of the most stressful life events someone can experience.
Being fired at work is assigned a value of 47 points on the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale, which was first published in 1967. Only seven other life events have higher point values, including the death of a spouse at 100 points.
These are some tips from community members for taking the next step after a job loss:
1. Network, network, network. Join local business groups or attend one of their events. Seek out those who are currently employed in those groups to see what opportunities might be available, said Jeff Arnold, a resident of Wayne who is the executive director of the Delta Mu Delta International Honorary Business Society in Brookfield.
2. Send in resumes and do the homework. Research potential employers and highlight past job experiences relevant to the position being applied for.
3. Don’t sit around the house. Go for a walk outside or do something else to clear your head.
“It’s also good to get out there for your mental health,” Arnold said. “Otherwise, the doubts will creep in.”
4. Attitude is everything. A person’s mindset during a job loss is important. Anger and bitterness won’t solve anything, said Jayne Holley, a community relations specialist in the Community Engagement and Legislative Affairs Department at Elgin Community College.
5. Expect change. “You have to be open and willing to listen to different possibilities,” said Anne Hauca, senior director of the Workforce Transitions Department at Elgin Community College. “You have to be open to the fact that the life you know is different; [it] is not going to be the same.”