In these days of downsizings and awareness that it can happen to you, and when it does, it still comes as a shock.
First thing you need to do is grieve the loss. No more than a week. Then you need to create an action plan. Number one on the action plan is to identify your core values and desires. In other words, this is the time to know thyself.
It is also a good opportunity to dream. You have been given an opportunity to change your life. You’re probably thinking, “this chick is nuts and doesn’t know what she’s talking about.” Not true. I have been downsized several times over. I’ve heard it called downsized, right-sized, reorganization and don’t take it personal it’s just business.
The first time it was the holidays. Merry Christmas! You will go through the sorrow, hurt, betrayal and anger phase. Once you get to the anger…it’s “I’ll show them.” That is a good sign. Now you are ready to begin moving forward.
Why do I say dream? Think about the things you like to do that make time fly quickly. That may be you new career path. Don’t think small. You don’t just want a job, you want to be happy doing the work you love.
You need to dig deep within yourself to find out what that is. A coach asks you the questions that you can’t think of to ask or are afraid to ask.
A coach isn’t a resume writer or proof reader, they may assist with some of that, but the real goal is to help you discover what it is you want to do.