Your mind first thinks, "What did I do wrong? Why is this happening to me? What am I going to do?" Your boss keeps talking about appreciating the time you've worked there, maybe about a severance package, but you aren't paying full attention because of the news that you were just told. You've lost your job. Did you also lose your identity?
The short answer is NO. In today's society, people often feel once they've been laid off that they don't have any identity any longer. That their job and themselves are one in the same. WRONG! You are not your job, your job is what you DO it's not who you are. You may be a marketing guru, you may do web design, you may work in Human Resources, but that's not you, it's what you DO. You will always be you, you may have different careers throughout your life, but you still will always be you.
After you've lost your job, it is very difficult to differentiate you from your job. You feel bad that you lost your job, you feel that you're being rejected for the work that you've done. That you are a bad (your job), and that's a reflection on you. The work that you did has stopped, but your life has not. Remember that no matter what job you have now or in the future, you will always be you. You are Joe Smith or Mary Johnson, you are not the marketer, the office clerk or the barista. You have value as a person, even if the job that you did isn't needed anymore.
PHOTO: By Joel Carlson
Account Executive | Agency Couture
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