Career Change and Development

The CrossRoads Series – Top 10 Ways to Cope with Job Transition

Job transitions can be stressful!  Change can come in many ways – you’ve been laid off, picking up the pieces when others in your department have been laid off, you have a new boss,  or you’re out in the job search and don’t know where to begin.

  • Take an honest look at yourself.  What are your strengths, weaknesses, skills?  How did those influence—positively or negatively—your transition?  And how will you use them to move forward?
  • Step up your self-care.  Major changes are physically and emotionally taxing. You need take care of you to stay emotionally and physically healthy.
  • Engage your curiosity.  Ask yourself:  What went wrong? or right?  What could you have done better? What worked really well?
  • Focus on what you want, and less on what you don’t want.  Keep your eye on the prize.
  • Find support.  Since your transition affects your family as well, it may be better to seek the outside support of friends or professionals or others who have gone through this transition and can offer insight.
  • Think of your thoughts.  Our brains don’t know the difference between what’s real and what’s imagined.  Calm your fears and reinforce your sense of hope and happiness.
  • Reassure (or avoid) those who are threatened by, or jealous of, the change. Take control of the situation and help others to do the same.
  • Create your own rite of passage.  How will you let go of the old and welcome the new?  Placing a “marker” of some sort between the two space helps with all transition.  This could be anything from a ritual, a celebration, a ceremony, …
  • Let go of how things were “supposed to be” and accept “how things are.”  Find appreciation for what is.
  • Keep things in perspective.  Or try on a new perspective.  Don’t get stuck.  Remember, the only constant in life is change.