An unhealthy number of good people I know are going through unplanned transitions now. Their jobs were eliminated in a restructuring. Or, their company finished a project and cut everyone involved. Or, the new leader of their auditioned chorus did not invite them to stay after their re-audition.
Here’s what I have tried to remind all of them, based on my own experiences:
- You’re good at what you do. You’ve just gone through a rejection. You’re going to question your abilities, wonder whether you’re good enough, debate whether you should just chuck it all and do something else with your life instead. While it’s worth evaluating what you like and don’t like about your career path, don’t let imposter syndrome chase you off of it.
- It’ll work out. These are not just idle words. Yes, they’re highly likely to be true — most good people out of work find something, it’s just a matter of time. But even more importantly, they’re more likely to be true if you believe they’re likely to be true. Interviewing from a position of confidence and strength, not desperation and worry, makes a huge difference.
- Find other people to tell you these things. This is perhaps the most important, because no matter how much self-confidence you have, and how convinced you are that it’ll work out… it’s incredibly helpful to get validation from outside your skull. Surround yourself with supporters. Check in with colleagues who can reaffirm that they liked working with you, would work with you again, and will put in a good word for you should you need it.
Good luck, my friends. There’s a joyful next step out there, just keep looking for it.