More and more of us have felt that pain in recent years but, to paraphrase Alfred Lord Tennyson, " 'tis better to have laboured and lost than never to have laboured at all."
Consider all that you have learned and accomplished and produced in all the jobs you ever held. List those skills on your resume, so it shows not just when and where you worked, but what you did to contribute to that company's success. There are many theories, philosophies and styles of resume writing and plenty of books and websites out there to help you.
Look at your job hunt from an employer's point of view. Finding the right person for the right job is difficult, risky and expensive.
Selecting a job candidate with world-class skills, but a bad attitude can be as costly as choosing Mr. Personality who cannot grow and adapt to the unanticipated and ever-changing challenges companies face.
Many times, layoffs are the result of market forces beyond a company's control. Ask any manager if they would rather hire than fire.
Employers are not the enemy. They can become an ally.
For many people, a job is more than just a way to earn an income. It's part of their personal identity. They lose a part of themselves when they lose a job.
It is particularly painful for people who are passionate about their profession, have logged many years with the same company, or have been an award-winning producer.
Many times a positive attitude is the key to success. Studies have repeatedly shown those who remain upbeat and cool in a crisis find jobs quicker and hold them longer.
Here's how to get back on your feet after losing your job:
• Resources: Ask your employer about your severance package, retirement savings status, job placement services, unemployment insurance, references and any other post-employment issues.
• Reach Out: Talk with friends, relatives and even former employers about job possibilities.
• Reminders: Network online and send e-mails proudly proclaiming your "free agency" and availability.
• Research: Human resources managers are not impressed by how little job applicants know about the company.
• Restraint: Resist the urge to trash your former employer online. You will scare off your next potential employer.
• Reconsider: Leave on good terms. The company that laid you off may come calling once the economic storm clears.
• Remember: No one is indispensible. Wayne Gretzky was let go three times, wasn't he?