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13 steps to help you deal with losing your IT job

Rich Hein | July 10, 2013
Even some of the most talented IT professionals have found themselves the victim of a downsizing or reorganization. You can never feel too safe regardless of how stable the environment seems. If you find yourself in your worst-case scenario, these tips will help you work your way out of it.

Step 11: Use the Right Email Address
A lot of job searching happens online so make sure you are using an appropriate email address to conduct your job hunting. "Always use a personal email address for your job search. Ensure that the address is professional—for example, firstname.lastname@serviceprovider.com. Another affordable option is to purchase a personalized domain from a domain registry, such as www.godaddy.com for as little as $6/year. This ensures privacy, provides customization and separates work from personal emails," says Sampson.

Step 12: Speak With HR
Make sure you take the time to find out from HR how to apply for Cobra health benefits. Alternately, if you have a spouse you could get put on his or her policy.

Depending on how many people are being terminated, outplacement services such job search and resume help may be available.

Step 13: Don't Be Too Hard on Yourself
Losing a job is difficult, but it's important to remain positive and focused on the task at hand. If you just sit back and listen to yourself that's when doubt sets in and that will make your transition more difficult. Try to not listen to yourself; you'll be focusing on the challenges a little too much. This may put you in a negative frame of mind. Try giving yourself words of encouragement and go over your plan. Tell yourself: "Here's what I'm going to do, these are the companies I'm going to target, these are the companies that I could be of value to, here is my plan for this week." Give yourself the opportunity to get through this period of transition.

 

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