If you’ve lost your job, this article is for you.
Many people around the world have lost their jobs to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The unemployment rate in Singapore has gone up to 2.5 per cent from 2.3 per cent in 2019.(source: imf.com, Apr 2020)
United Nation predicted that Covid-19 will take away the jobs of 195 million people worldwide.
Inevitably, due to Covid-19, many companies had to layoff people. Some major companies like IBM, Uber, Airbnb, TripAdvisor, Sephora, and even Tesla were some of the organisation that has let go of hundreds if not thousands of employees.(source: Business Insider)
If you’re one of those who had been let go, first of all, don’t panic.
Read this article to get the strategic actionable steps you can quickly use to solve your current dilemma.
3 Immediate steps to take after you’ve lost your job to map out a new plan
Step 1: Identify Your Interests & Passion
People always say, ‘The most difficult thing in life is to know yourself.” (Thales of Miletus)
Difficult not impossible though.
All you need the right tool to achieve an enlightening discovery.
Now, you may find yourself in a rut when attempting to uncover your passion, interests or strength.
Furthermore, though you’ve lost your job, but you’ve gain the time to hit the restart button by first understand yourself.
Here is one forgotten technique used by many successful leaders of past generations—Johari Window.
The Infamous Four Quadrants of Johari Window
The Johari Window is a technique to help you understand your relationship with yourself and others. Created by psychologists, the four-quadrant was primarily used in self-help groups or corporate settings.
The quadrants will eventually be filled with adjectives known or not known to you and/or others.
In which, each quadrant represents
- Arena: The adjectives about you that you and others knew
- Blind Spot: The adjectives that you do not know but others knew
- Facade: The adjectives that you knew but others do not
- Unknown: Both yourself and others do not know about you
To turn this group activity tool into something you can use while being stuck at home with no job, you will need a little bit of creativity.
You can adapt it into a tool for learning more about yourself. That eventually can help you in deciding your career path.
One adapted four-quadrants you can use is shown below.
Change the four-quadrant adjectives to your skills and strengths instead.
First, you need to understand what the four quadrants represent.
- Passion: Skills or strengths you possess and is interested in
- Options: Skills or strengths you possess but not so interested in
- Opportunity: Skills or strengths you do not have but is interested in
- Unknown: Skills or strengths you do not have and not interested in
Next, identify a list of skills and strengths you know you have.
Then, start talking to people around you.
Though you’ve lost your job, you can still go to our peers, previous managers, mentors, and anyone who knows you well.
I’m sure they’d be happy to help you with your current predicament.
From your conversation, identify which on the list are skills or strength know/do not know and have/don’t have.
Subsequently, plot them into the quadrant accordingly.
Here’s how it will look like.
Now you have a good idea of who you are.
Next, you will work on your goals.
Step 2: Develop Your Career Goals & Objectives
Before defining your goals, you need to be aware of your career options.
Do not be confined to only the job you’ve known so far. You may not like to hear this—you may have lost your job but it could be a blessing in disguise.
Take this downtime opportunity to evaluate your career choices and make changes that matter.
What is success to you?
Success is a very subjective measurement of the ultimate achievement. It differs from person to person.
Therefore, you will need to put values to what you see as success.
Your success definition should not come from the pressure from families, friends or colleagues.
How to define success?
To give values to success, you will need to know your own beliefs and values are.
- Getting rich. If the monetary gain is what you believe in, then your goal will be defined based on how much to achieve and by when.
- Helping others. Then your success goal will define the volume of people you will help by when and in what way.
- Legacy. For legacy as a success, define what you will leave behind for the future generations.
Remember, everyone has their own measure of success. Never should you follow others without evaluating factors impacting your belief system and the sense of self.
You will understand the job options available for you. Know what is required to succeed in each option.
- Limiting your options
- Do not decide on your options from what your peers are doing
- Fearing the unknown
- Read more to widen your view of the world
- Talk to others in the fields you’re eyeing to understand better
- Shift your perspective towards jobs you’ve never thought of doing
Mind Map Your Matching Interests & Skills to Your Goals
The mind map is an interesting strategy to declutter your mind with a decidedly clearer path of options.
Now, with all the required decision making information, you will put them together to match your interests and skills and map out your goals, objectives and beliefs.
Step 3: Define Your Potential Life Paths & Activities
On the mind map diagram, continue mapping possible career paths and the correlated strengths or skills set, and the activities to achieve your goal and objectives.
Here’s an example.
Based on your strengths, you will work out the steps required for you to take to discover and go after the job you’d want and love.
Lost your job to gain greater self-awareness and opportunities
You may have lost your job, but what you do after will make or break your life.
Therefore, remember that progress is important, even if it is small baby steps.
When you focus your job hunting plan on what you are good at and enjoy doing, you will have found the dream job you’ve been planning for.
If you find these steps to be too daunting or you’d like to get professional support, we offer free CliftonStrengths Assessment to our candidates who seek career help.