Our life coaches, Style and Substance, on being laid off

Michele Armani and Sally Meisenheimer

Michele Armani and Sally Meisenheimer

Dear Style & Substance:

I was recently laid off from a job that I loved and where I thrived. Now, in continuing with a job search, I am finding myself lacking confidence and always second guessing myself. I’m getting interviews, but no job offers and know that I am not connecting with the employers as well as I could. What should I do?

Unemployment is one of life’s greatest stressors, so you are not alone in what you are feeling. Whenever we experience a loss, our self-confidence is shaken. What works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for the next. With that in mind, here are some suggestions to get back on your game:

— Greet each day with a positive attitude. Get out of bed, eat a light, healthy breakfast, and dress like you would if you were meeting a prospective employer. People take notice when you are well groomed and put together. Employers are looking to hire “healthy” people.

— Practice starting your sentences with “I can,” “I will,” or “I am.” You may find that this leads to a more positive and productive attitude.

— Don’t overwhelm yourself with the job search, but make it a part of every day.

— Open up your thinking about where your skills, talents and abilities apply to the current job market. Employers hire those who offer integrity, dependability and initiative. They are willing to train “the right person” in the rest of the duties.

— Plan for each interview by reading the company’s website, job description and mission statement. Match your skills and experiences to exactly what they are looking for and make a list of the top five reasons of why they should hire you.

— Treat every person you come in contact with like they could be the one to hire you or recommend you for a position.

— Continue learning through reading and watching the news, take advantage of free programs and resources in the community, and update your computer skills.

— Ask for honest feedback from people you trust and be open and receptive to comments and suggestions.

Good luck!


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