Working in the field of career transition reveals that each person’s situation and reaction to job loss is uniquely their own.  Some individuals come to us fired up and ready to work on their resume, LinkedIn profile and networking strategy. However, sometimes we meet individuals who are tired, scared, and having trouble envisioning a positive outcome to their current situation.

For most people a job loss represents a significant life event. It is not unusual for significant life events to aggravate or escalate a pre-existing mental health issue. Additionally, it is well documented that depression, anxiety and domestic violence escalate in periods of high unemployment and some people experience these for the first time following job loss.

In career transition one of the first questions we often ask when we meet a new client is “can you tell me a bit about your support network”?  We aren’t being nosy. We want to ascertain that you have resources in your life that can support you when you struggle.

So, what do you do if you find yourself jobless and having difficulty getting out of bed in the morning, let alone “putting your best foot forward”? You ask for help, and you begin the process of looking after your physical and mental health. Your reach out to resources who can help and support you. Those resources might be a family member, a friend, a mentor, your career transition coach, a counsellor or a medical professional. You can find out more about Mental Health resources and support in Alberta here: http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/amh/amh.aspx. Additional Alberta/Calgary based resources (a non-exhaustive list) are listed at the end of this blog.

By taking some time to address your physical and mental health, you will be better equipped to present your best self to future employers. You will likely also experience higher confidence, energy and endurance to undertake job search related activities.

Additional Resources

Calgary Mental Health Association – www.cmha.calgary.ab.ca
Calgary Distress Centre – www.distresscentre.com – email and online crisis chat
24 Hour Crisis Line – (403) 266-HELP (4357)
211 (Calgary) – dial 211. Free information and referral service offered in 200+ languages 24/7
811 (Calgary) – dial 811. Health Link – 24/7 Health Advice
Addiction Services Helpline (AHS) – 1-866-332-2322 – 24 Hours
Alberta Family Violence Info Line – toll-free: 310-1818 – 24 Hours
Income Support Contact Centre – Financial help for Albertans who don’t have resources to meet their basic needs (e.g., food, clothing, shelter) – 1-866-644-5135 – 24 Hours

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