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Laid off and having a hard time getting over it...

Question: I lost my job three months ago. It wasn’t my fault; my whole department was cut. I’m having a hard time letting go of my old job. It was a great job, and I was there for over 15 years. My resources are dwindling, and I need to get another job soon, but I can’t stop feeling bitter about how my old job ended. What can I do? Answer: It’s really hard to let go of a job you did for such a long time, even if it weren’t a great job. To lose it for no reason under your control is doubly hard. It will take a certain amount of time to mourn that loss. Don’t try to suppress those feelings or get around them; that only makes it take longer. Unfortunately, we eat and pay rent and accumulate bills on a daily basis, so we don’t always have the luxury of acting on our feelings. That’s about where you are now. If you haven’t started the job search process, now is a good time to do so. Come to the Frederick County Workforce Services Orientation, sign up in the Maryland Workforce Exchange, attend our seminars, alert your network, meet with a Career Specialist, draft your résumé. Many job seekers show up at the Business and Employment Center every day because it gives them some structure. It’s also a great place to network with other job seekers and BEC staff, and pick up news about who’s hiring. You may just need to go through the motions for a while, with no apparent improvement. You may need to get counseling (see a previous Ask the Career Coach column, “Unemployed and terrified of losing my house, my car, my life!” from March 24th, 2009.) The good news is that if you keep at it, there will eventually be a new job for you. It may well be a better job than the one you left. In a few months, you may actually be glad you were laid off, because otherwise you wouldn’t have this terrific new job. Change is tough for everyone. But there’s a brighter day ahead.