Managing Job Transition

Managing Job Transition

There’s often an added layer of complexity to the job search process that isn’t widely discussed: the stress of transition.

For most of us, embarking on a job search means one of two things: either we are unhappy with our current role and are seeking a change, or we were transitioned out of a role.

Either way, it is massively disruptive to our lives.

All our focus often gets pulled to the mission at hand – finding a new role, as quickly as possible. There’s often not a lot of mental resources left over to fully and thoroughly process the toll of transition.

A job transition, like any major life transition, can come with all sorts of associated emotions. Loss, grief, uncertainty, worry, fear, anger – there’s a very long list of things that might surface.

Effectively navigating a job transition isn’t just about getting from Job A to Job B. Job-seekers should also ensure they approach the process holistically, addressing the psychological and emotional side of things as well.

On that note, here are five ways that Hire Authority recommends to ensure that your transition is a positive growth experience.

  1. Take the time to process your emotions.

In our North American culture of high-pressure productivity, we don’t often spare ourselves much time to sit still with our emotions. We tend to quickly move on to the next thing – the next application, the next networking night, the next errand, the next chore. Often, we tend to bury emotions under action. It’s important to take the necessary time out to really recognize, acknowledge and process any negative emotions you are feeling, instead of running from them. Whether you acknowledge it or not, you’ve suffered a loss. It’s healthy and natural to grieve that loss.

  1. Find a healthy outlet.

On the other side of the coin, it’s important not to wallow or get lost in unhealthy coping behaviours. Overeating, over-drinking, working too much or whatever your vice of choice might be a welcome distraction – but it’s not a long-term solution. Healthy outlets for stress, like exercise, art, socializing with friends or whatever hobbies you haven’t had time for are a great way to release some of the stress of the job search process.

  1. Make a plan.

We advocate quite a bit on this blog for making a plan and writing it down, but we have good reason for that. The on goal-setting demonstrated that having written goals can have dramatic impacts on your future success. And the job search process is no exception. Write down a detailed plan – where you want your career to go next, which companies you’d like to work for, what type of role you’d like next, how many applications you will send in every day, the works. Notice if you feel some degree of relief once it’s all on paper in front of you.

  1. Make a list of silver linings.

It’s easy to get caught in the weeds of “why me” when you’re stuck in an unfortunate situation. The last thing you want to do is sit down and make a list of all the ways this plot twist may have been a blessing in disguise. But write it. Write down five things that you stand to gain from this transition. If you haven’t thrown your pen across the room yet, write five more. Pay close attention to whether your mood shifts to slightly more optimistic territory.

  1. Have the patience to make the best out of this season.

How many mornings have you woken up and wished you had a week or two off to catch up on things, or simply to relax? The circumstances may not be ideal, but if you think about it, now’s your big chance to take a little sabbatical from the daily grind. Are there any side projects you’ve been wanting to work on, but didn’t have the time? A bucket-list item you’ve been wanting to cross off? Trying to see this season of transition as an opportunity instead of a hurdle is difficult. But this may be the last time you ever have the chance to take a few weeks off. Might as well make lemonade.

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