Thinking About Job Loss

It’s not news to anyone.  Lots of people are out of work, and it looks like there will be more before it all improves.

I talked to a friend last night and another this morning who are job hunting. Earlier in the week, I received an email from from a pastor in Wisconsin asking permission to use one of my articles on faith and job loss in his seminars for folks who had lost their jobs.  The article was written several years ago when I was leading a job seeker support group and doing career change coaching.  (Interestingly, it was on page 1 on Google.)

I’m finding myself sad that I need to have these conversations again, that people are digging up my stuff about career change.  Mostly, that sadness is for what families go through during seasons when they’re between jobs.  It’s a tough time, with lots of grieving.

But being between jobs is also a spiritual journey, and that can be a very healthy thing in the long term.  It’s just hard to go through at the time.

So I’ve downloaded a bunch of the blog posts I wrote a few years ago, and after editing, I’ll post the collection as an e book as a resource for folks caught between jobs and those who are sojourning with them.  And some of us are in discussions about starting a support group again.

In the meantime, I’ll share with you a couple of the most important things I learned from that season.

  1. Get a copy (or dust off the one you have) of What Color is Your Parachute by Richard Bolles.  There’s good reason it’s been the best selling job finding book for over 40 years.  It’s practical, and it’s advice works.
  2. Develop a good personal support group to help you on this journey.
  3. Resolve to go beyond the ordinary in your job search. Unusual times call for unusual measures.
  4. Discount the negativity from the news and the hallway conversations.

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