When a stressful transition period in your career has been forced upon you, it can prove challenging to keep a level head and maintain your professionalism. You may feel compelled to blast your grievances—especially if you’re unprepared for career termination—and dissatisfaction with your former position and management, but this will get you nowhere. It can do far more damage than it would ever be worth.
Therefore, during a stressful transition, it is more important than ever to maintain your composure and professionalism to secure the best outcome for the future of your career.
Check Your Emotions during a stressful transition
First, even though you may feel slighted by a forced transition, it is best to keep your emotions in check. It will only sabotage the future of your career—your prospects, your referrals, your references—if you spew emotional jargon at the expense of others in your current position as you exit the job.
Avoid bad-mouthing and gossip about people you worked with because there may be connections of which you are unaware, and you could end up voicing your less than stellar opinions to the wrong people.
Instead, seek out a listening ear of a trusted friend with whom you can vent without the possibility of jeopardizing the future of your career.
Consider the Unexpected Blessing of a transition
While it may not immediately feel this way, the unexpected transition could be a positive move in your career. You may use this opportunity to recognize the path you were on is not the best option for the future you want in your career, and you may have avoided a burnout.
Take a step back to assess your future goals and create a plan to secure your future.
Set Realistic Expectations during a stressful transition
In the best of times, a new job search is exciting and a bit stressful. However, when the transition comes unexpectedly, the amount of stress feels exponential. In this case, it is critical to take the time to harness your expectations. You may feel pressure to find a new position immediately, and these expectations only add more stress to your job search, causing you to make rash decisions that may not fare well in the long run.
Be intentional about your decisions, goals, and plans for your job search. Ensure each expectation you have is realistic and will help you accomplish your future career goals.
Additionally, when you experience a stressful situation, be mindful of exercise, eating healthy, and engaging in activities you enjoy. These will calm your stress while increasing your motivation and productivity.