When Amy Shouse of LearnVest lost her gig as vice president of a marketing firm, she could have lost more than just her job. After working for the company for twenty years, she probably feared losing her identity, her self-respect, or even her mind. Instead, she assembled a five-step "dignity plan" -- and embarked on a new career as a full-time writer.
1. Say It Loud, Say It Proud: "I Got Fired"
Shouse's outlet of choice was her journal. Venting her frustrations allowed her to move on faster.
2. Make Time to Do Nothing or What You've Never Had Time to Do
Most of us never have a chance to stop and relax and regroup. If you're let go, give yourself time to grieve before moving on. There's a big difference between wallowing and decompressing.
3. Don't Be Afraid to Dream Big
Make lists of dream companies and dream jobs. Shoot for the stars. Instead of editing as you go, dream as big as you possibly can. Then ask yourself what you'd need to do to be the perfect candidate for those careers.
4. Do Five Things a Day That Will Get You Closer to Your Dream Job
Shouse calls it the "Five Actions Each Day Rule." We like it because it's effective, but also makes you feel like you're getting something done, which probably goes a long way toward staving off post-employment depression.
5. Remember Who You Are
This is a tough one for folks who've worked for one company for a long time. It might take a while to separate your authentic self from your corporate persona. But now's the time to put in the work.
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