Job loss is one of the most stressful experiences a person can undergo. It releases a myriad of emotions such as anger, disbelief, guilt, depression, as well as panic and anxiety. However, over time these feelings give way to other coping mechanisms such as acceptance of the situation, reestablishing a positive outlook, and the recognition that this might be a blessing in disguise as it provides you with the opportunity to explore new areas for growth and development in your career.
Although you may feel a certain degree of discomfort in socializing with friends and associates, these are the very people who you should be contacting as they may well have a lead to a rewarding new opportunity. In addition, there is not nearly as much stigma attached to losing one’s job as there was even 20 years ago since the situation occurs with much greater frequency than in times past. This is especially so in the current economic climate where many large companies such as Citigroup, Pfizer, General Electric, and Nokia have laid off a large number of their combined global workforce.