8 solid steps to reinvigorate your routine after job loss

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I woke up this morning at 4:10am thinking I would get an early start on my day. After collecting my coffee, Daytimer, and my colored pens, I turned on the computer in my office only to find I had NO Internet access. Panic set in!

We grow reliant on the things that we expect to be there. For me, that now includes wifi access in my home when I turn on the computer. Loss of connectivity means the inability to do the things I do daily. No way to check my e-mail or worse, no way to connect on Twitter or Facebook. Without wifi, I can’t write posts or Google anything.

We do become dependent on the things we count on and it is easy to want to throw in the towel, call it quits, and not look for other options. I was already thinking about how I could pack up the laptop and go find access elsewhere for the day. Starbucks is just down the street, hmmm, I could have more coffee and wifi —definitely a winning combination!

As a job seeker, waking up to find that the routine you are used to — getting ready and going to work everyday — isn’t there any more can also cause a panic. You are now a statistic — you experienced job loss. You need to figure out the steps to get a sense of normalcy back. Put a routine in place to find your next position. Without a plan, you will continue to get the panic feeling.

Let’s build a check list:

  1. Start each day by getting ready for work just like you did before. If you stick to your old schedule, you will feel more organized. Get up, shower, get dressed. If you are female, do your hair and if you usually wear make-up, put it on. No staying in jammies all day long.
  2. Eat your breakfast. Your mind needs fuel so give it some. I know there are some people who are opposed to having breakfast but it really does get you on the right track.
  3. Get that resume written and ready to go. Make sure it contains all the Tell me WHY reasons to hire you.
  4. Start organizing your network. Don’t disconnect from the people you talked to before. Go to lunch, have coffee, continue your enjoyable pastimes. If you cut yourself off from your whole world, opportunities to network will dissolve.
  5. Research other options to connect. Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn have grown astronomically in the last two years as ways to connect with people to gain information and access to people who do have the power to hire you.
  6. Besides all of the job search activities, take some time to replenish yourself. If you like home improvement projects, prioritize them and starting working to complete the top of your list. If you like gardening, go out and work on the yard. If you like crafts, put some of your energy into working on them. If you like to read, spend some time reading up on your favorite subject. In other words, don’t just wallow in your frustration.
  7. Get regular exercise. Everyone says that but it is proven that our mental attitude is improved when we exercise regularly.
  8. Subscribe to this blog and other career industry blogs via e-mail or RSS feeds. Getting regular reinforcement and cutting-edge knowledge of the job search process will bolster your confidence. What blogs to read? Look under Links on my sidebar over there on the right. → (scroll down) I keep my favorite blogs and websites there to have easy assess to the writers I want to read. Check them out!

In other words, replace the panic feeling of a job loss with a plan and you can move forward with confidence!


  1. Kimba Green on November 9, 2010 at 6:44 am

    No. 8 is my favorite suggestion! Nice way to add a plug for you highly valuable blog writings!

    • Julie Walraven on November 9, 2010 at 7:02 am

      The easiest way to always know when your favorite blogger writes a new post is to subscribe. You then have control. Otherwise you find time checking their site (if you know the site) or waiting for a Tweet. Thanks, Kimba!

  2. Gee Backhouse on November 9, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Lots of good stuff here as always, Julie. Number 6 has the additional potential of showing you an opportunity that you might otherwise have missed. In my experience, I met a Goldsmith through a friend with whom I shared a passion for fabrics. You just never know who you’re going to meet and how it might change your life for the better.

    • Julie Walraven on November 9, 2010 at 11:21 am

      Good point, Gee! I once had a client who had been in the production management, worked his way up for 29 year but absolutely hated it. I asked him what was his passion. He loved to fish and had been a Walleye Tournament Director and a fishing guide as part of his passion. We focused his resume on that target and he landed a job at a marina. It gave him a taste of another option.

      • Gee Backhouse on November 9, 2010 at 12:02 pm

        What a lovely story! Meeting up with an inspirational ideas lady – YOU! – was obviously part of his journey. Here’s hoping more people meet you sooner rather than later.

  3. Shahrzad Arasteh on November 9, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Wonderful tips, Julie! I like the way you always make your advice even more accessible by providing examples your readers can easily relate to. This would be a good list of tips for job seekers (and others) to print and keep where they’ll see it often, and can be reminded of each valuable suggestion.

    • Julie Walraven on November 9, 2010 at 2:59 pm

      Thanks Shahrzad, It’s just the way my mind thinks… I have to tell the rest of the story for it to make sense. I think people need concrete examples so they can spin off and make their own solutions. Blank pages don’t help many people, do they?

  4. Career Sherpa on November 9, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Wonderful and helpful. And I absolutely love your blogroll! What an amazing blend of necessary resources! As always, thanks for providing help!

    • Julie Walraven on November 9, 2010 at 4:09 pm

      Thanks, Hannah! Yes, the blog roll is one of my reference points to get great content and go back to sites and people I love.

  5. Julie Walraven on November 10, 2010 at 7:02 am

    Good point, Henway! I am an early riser by nature and people who sleep in struggle with getting going and focused, you are so right!

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