About Job Loss
Losing your job can be a
very difficult experience involving both practical and emotional concerns.
Emotionally, having your
employment terminated is very stressful. The initial loss is an emotional
shock and can produce strong reactions, which can include anger, anxiety,
withdrawal, panic, denial and dispair. Some people may experience sleep
difficulties, loss of appetite, irritability and difficulty concentrating.
Disruptions in family life and other relationships are common. These
are normal reactions to many kinds of losses--including losing a job.
For most people, work is
an important aspect of their sense of self. People can feel somewhat
lost without their usual work. Their sense of self-worth can also suffer.
They may begin to feel that the loss of their job reflects on their
Having a sympathetic friend
to talk with about your feelings and reactions is important. Since family
members may themselves be affected, they may not always be able to be
as supportive as a friend can be. If reactions are severe, troubling
or prolonged, professional counseling can be helpful. The personal counseling
program (0203 James Hall, 951-5363) can provide free, confidential advice
and referrals for services.
Practical concerns include dealing with
loss of income, health insurance coverage and other benefits, applying
for unemployment compensation and beginning the search for a new position.
The career services program (1305 James
Hall, 951-5363) offers free, confidential support groups and job search
skills training, including information on the current employment market,
resume preparation, networking and interviewing skills. Even if you
think that you will not need help with your job search, stop by to see
what is available in case you need help later. Take advantage of these