Getting fired or laid off can be a frustrating, emotional experience. You're not sure what to do with your time, and worse, sometimes you start to question your value. Volunteering gives you a productive outlet for coping with the situation.
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It's easy to let your emotions get the best of you after a job loss. It helps to take things a day at a time and stay busy. Over at Reader's Digest, Lori Scherwin, founder of career site Strategize That, suggests volunteering:
Your job situation is your number-one concern right now, and it's likely all-consuming. "Give yourself an emotional reprieve from any anxiety by spending some time supporting others through their difficult circumstances," suggests Scherwin. Pick a cause or organisation that is meaningful to you and donate some of your time. It will put things in perspective, add value to your resume, and might also help you network and connect with like-minded people.
I did this when I was laid off, and it was indeed useful. For me, the sense of purpose was the most helpful aspect of it. I enjoyed feeling productive again, rather than wondering what I was going to do with my time or my career in general. It was a welcome, productive distraction.
As Scherwin suggests, though, it's also great for networking and, perhaps more importantly, contributing to your community.For more tips on handling a layoff, head to the full post below.
Laid Off? 8 Ways to Mentally Recover [Reader's Digest]