The other day my part of the country experienced the remnants of Hurricane Irene. The winds were strong and the rain was heavy. In the few days prior, the thoughts of many people had been on how to survive the hurricane and its’ aftermath. They had stocked up on water and non-perishable food. Anything unsecured outside was removed. By Friday evening, size “D” batteries were and installed in flashlights; not one was left on any store shelf. By having a week’s notice of the impending storm, people were able to prepare for this hurricane. We knew what the possibilities were and we were ready; we made plans for all possible outcomes.
Some things you can plan for, other things you cannot. For many workers unemployment came as a complete surprise. Others knew something was going to happen. Still others saw their colleagues get the axe, but hoped it wouldn’t come down on them. No matter how it happened, it was still an unplanned change in their lives. Aside from the financial fallout, the lack of self-esteem, low self-confidence, anger, depression, confusion, and all the other conflicting emotions have wreaked havoc on many victims.
Thoughts of how to survive this loss was on the minds of victims. During the last few weeks, I provided you with information on what you can do while unemployed. Whether it was to entertain you, provide stress relief or help you cope, they were, meant to help you survive unemployment. While surviving unemployment activities are important, there is more you can do. It is the Job Loss Recovery Program (JLRP).
In the Job Loss Recovery Program by Lynn Joseph, Ph. D, you put the past behind you so that you can look forward to the future. Your job loss The JLRP looks at the anger you are feeling and shows you how to get past it.. It is so freeing to be rid of the baggage of anger you have been carrying around. You feel like a weight has been lifted from your shoulders. In a clinical trial of her program, 62% of the participants obtained jobs within 2 months as compared to only 12% in the control group. They had rid themselves of subtle saboteurs affecting their job search.
In the coming weeks, I will share information about job loss grief. Are you suffering from it without knowing it? Once you know what job loss grief is, you can deal with it. You will not only survive job loss, you will learn a valuable life skill, dealing with unplanned change. You will be able to weather the storms of unplanned changes that come your way.
Arleen Bradley is a certified career coach and job loss recovery specialist coaching beyond job loss grief to land dream jobs. www.arleenbradley.com.