Submitted by: Mike Doody, CCC Volunteer, CCC Board Member and Retired Executive Search Consultant

Last week’s blog started to talk about what to do if suddenly you are out of work. In this blog, I will continue to address that question. Previously, I talked about:

Don’t panic
Keeping the family involved.


Let’s continue ….


This is not a time to be bashful or ashamed about the situation. This is a time when you want many people as possible to know that you are out of work and looking for a new opportunity. Try not to hide behind euphemisms – don’t try to finesse your way out of the fact that you are out of work and looking for that next career opportunity. At the same time, have a credible reason that will be corroborated by references, for leaving your last position.

Determine what you now-former boss will or will not say for and about you when called by others for reference. Be sure you know, as best you can, what you can expect that reference will say. And, try to secure a commitment from him/her about how the reference on you will be handled! This is something in which you or a prospective employer do not want to be surprised.


It’s OK, to feel mad, sad, scared. In fact, it is natural that you will go through variou feelings and emotions, so don’t fight it. Recognize that fact – and try to recognize how you feel about the situation.

One of the issues that I had to deal with was my self-worth. For too many years, I equated self-worth with size of salary, my job title, the fact that I had a job. As soon as I realized and accepted – both intellectually and emptionally – that I was the same person when I was un employed as I was when I held an “important” position, thatn I began to think straight. And, then I began to approach my search with more focus. It was my job, not my self-worth that I lost!

During the time you are out of work, you will have periods of highs and lows. At times, you will be frustrated – especially when you realize that you can’t control the process and timing by which others consider your application or your appointment time.

It is important that you recognize that you will be experiencing a variety of feelings. It is also important that you not let negative feelings – about your circumstances, about the person/company that let you go – get in your way. Don’t let those negative feelings be an obstacle to getting that next, better opportunity.


Next weeks blog, I will talk about:

Developing a Game Plan
Using your time productively

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