Surviving Job Loss The Career Coach Way

Published: May 19, 2015
By: Faye Hollands

It’s been a roller coaster ride over the last two weeks as my husband lost his job not once, but twice.  Yes, that really can happen.  So what goes on in the house of a Career Coach when suddenly involuntary administration and redundancy hit?

Firstly, losing your job is stressful for anyone – regardless of what your job hunting skills are like or how well connected you are.  If you’re not expecting to lose your job it will always come as a blow, and the ramifications can be huge depending on your own personal circumstances.

For my husband it was a complete shock.   Involuntary administration hit first so the company he worked for suddenly ceased to exist.  Then, after some clever networking, he secured contracting work to continue the project he had originally been working on, and within 5 days the construction company he was working under had their contract cancelled.  Cue: job loss #2.

So what did we/are we doing?  Here’s a lowdown of the essentials anyone should step themselves through if they find themselves suddenly out of work: –

1.  Assessment

First off, get clear on what your entitlements are and what you’re owed.  This will allow you to assess your financial situation and know exactly where you stand.  This is not the time for ambiguity, regardless of how painful the reality might be.

2.  Get Onto Your Network

My husband is a killer networker – unintentionally.  He loves to chat and is an open book, which means he’ll happily tell anyone who will listen what’s happening.  The BIG benefit of that is that he networks well and people know what’s going on very quickly.  If you’re liked and well respected your network will want to help so it’s important to communicate and bring people up to speed quickly.

For us this has resulted in an immediate casual contract with no gap in employment.  It’s not the job hubby wants, but it is a stop-gap that gives us breathing space.

3.  Get Your Marketing Material Together

Regardless of your career path and experience, you MUST get your CV/resume together quickly so that you can start applying for jobs straight away and sending your network an update so that they’re crystal clear on your experience and what you’re looking for.

Thankfully this is something that my husband has ready at all times (he’s married to a Career Coach, there was no way out!), which is definitely the ideal scenario as updating your CV can be very tedious and time consuming.   Try to keep your CV up to date at all times because it makes applying for a job at any point in your career almost pain-free!

If you don’t know what you’re doing when it comes to writing a CV register for my ‘How To Write A Killer CV‘ webinar, drop me a line for some expert advice, or at least do a good Google search and get up to speed with current resume writing trends.  First impressions count and you can’t afford to put anything other than your best foot forward if you need to secure a new job asap.

4.  Give It Some Welly

A job search is like a job in itself.  So just because you find yourself out of work doesn’t mean it’s time to hit the couch and get friendly with daytime TV.  There are SO many different elements that go into the mix when it comes to a successful job search and it’s important to approach finding a new role in the same way you would going to work.

Have a plan of attack everyday so that you know what you’re supposed to be doing and when, and drill down into the activity levels required to get a new job.  Sending out one resume a week probably isn’t going to get a great result, whereas higher levels of activity across a range of different job-search actions are more likely to convert into interviews and job offers.

Looking for a new job is actually must easier when you’re not working, so if you find yourself at home and in-between positions make sure you give your search 110% and make it your absolute priority without distraction.

5.  Get Some Support

Finally, make sure you have good support around you so that you’re spending time with positive people who can help lift you on the challenging days when you might be feeling a little low or unmotivated.  Going through any type of job-loss can be very stressful and it’s important you have someone to lean on, as well as get good quality advice to help you with your job search.

If you or someone you know has recently lost their job and would like to have a chat to me about how to get on top of your job search please drop me a line – I’d love to hear from you.


Faye Hollands

About Faye Hollands

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. To receive weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here or book your Free Focus Session here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email

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