Job transitions, whether voluntary or involuntary, can add a lot of stress to your life. You will be encountering a whole new set of people and responsibilities as you find a new job and transition into the position. Here are some tips on how to succussfully manage that transition.
Make a budget
The first thing to do is to create a new budget. If you are drawing unemployment while you look for a new job, that will help but you may also need to dip into your emergency savings account as well. Even if you are transitioning right into a new job, you should still make a budget based on your new income.
Network to find new job connenctions
If you are not naturally a people person, you will need to become one for a while as you look for a new job and get connected. Be ready to talk to anyone and everyone about who you are, your background and what you are looking for.
Maintain a health insurance policy
Although it would be nice if your health always cooperated during a job transition, reality is that health issues can pop up anytime, especially when under stress. Keep yourself insured between jobs and while you are waiting for benefits to start in your new job. If COBRA is too expensive, you can get short term medical insurance to cover yourself and your family.
If you have been looking for a while and have not found anything, it may be beacuse there is not much available for you in your area. Consider relocation. Job growth occurs regionally so you may be better off looking in another part of the country where companies are actually hiring in your field.
Spend time with family and friends
Take time to relax and participate in the activities you enjoy with the people you enjoy. Having fun doesn't have to be expensive.
Most people go through several career changes during their lifetime, so even if you are going through a major shift in employment, know that you are not alone. Focus on taking care of yourself and being intentional about your activities.