For Those in Transition…

Thank you for connecting with us online. We are here to support you during this transition and are looking forward to being a part of your success story!

It happens every single day of the week. Today, more than ever, getting laid off is a reality in the world of work. It happens at all levels, in all sectors, in all job markets.

Oftentimes, much of an individual’s personal identity is intertwined with their career. The loss of a position (whether by surprise or with notice) can leave someone with a huge sense of loss. What you are feeling is normal. According to famous psychiatrist Doctor Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, there are five stages of grief that you may experience:

  • Denial: The inability or difficulty to accept that the loss has taken place. You may feel as though your current situation is not real.
  • Anger: The strong feelings of frustration and resentment that the loss has occurred. You may feel as though the situation is unfair.
  • Bargaining: The inner thoughts of trying to “negotiate” with a higher power, or yourself, or pain, to reverse the loss.You might notice yourself trying to stay psychologically in the past and asking yourself many “what if” questions.
  • Depression: The sadness that stems from the confrontation of the reality of the loss. You may feel a deep sense of grief, as well as changes in habits and behaviours (loss of appetite, insomnia, withdrawal etc).
  • Acceptance: The “coming to terms” with the irreversible nature of the loss. You will find that you have acknowledged that the loss is a part of your new reality and that you are now able to think about the future.

Take some time to let yourself grieve and go through each of these stages. Talk openly with someone you trust or with your coach. Each individual handles loss differently; you may find that you need some space before moving forward with everyday life.

Although you may have felt like your last role defined you, it is not who you are.  YOU are a valuable individual with a unique skill set preparing to take the next step in your career journey.

Career coaching is sometimes an unknown for our clients. Many people are of the opinion that they shouldn’t have to ask for help when it comes to their professional life and that they should be able to do it on their own. Just as an athlete hones their skills with a Coach, or a head of state confers with an adviser, individuals report many benefits from  career coaching services. Generally, most end up landing a new role in a shorter length of time than the industry standard, and often in better fitting scenarios and with higher salaries and benefits than they had anticipated.

We are here to offer you customized support. We can assist with confirming your best career options, and help you with the tangible aspects of the job search itself. Our team of Career Coaches and Resume Specialists will walk you through building confidence, narrowing your focus, identifying goals, developing a plan of action, and creating a strong professional branding strategy to put your best foot forward.

Clarity provides confidence. You are in control of your next move and we will help you gracefully walk through this transition intentionally and strategically.

Here are a few recommended “next steps” with CareerJoy:

□ Complete enrollment in your program (please refer to your letter of engagement)

□ Schedule your first coaching session

□ Request initiation of resume creation

□ Explore the resources provided below


Online Resources

– We welcome you to take part in complimentary interactive weekly webinars hosted by our team. We also have a number of informative videos on our Youtube channel.

– Please join the CareerJoy Community on LinkedIn to network, learn about local job postings, and share information.

– Please feel free to take advantage of the complimentary resources available on our website including career guides.

– We invite you to listen to a CareerJoy Podcast from a recent Development Webinar with two experts on this subject: Andrea Zanetti has spent the last number of years as a director of HR and has also been on the other side of the desk delivering the news. Eleanor Clitheroe is the former CEO of Hydro One and shares her advice on how she recovered from her lay-off.

– This talk by Amy Cuddy delves in to the ways to build confidence through body language.

– A speech by Brene Brown covers the power of vulnerability and how to be memorable.

– For motivation on how to turn fear to fuel, listen to some great thoughts from Jonathan Fields.
Recommended Reading:

To complement your CareerJoy program, here is a short list of suggested reading curated by CareerJoy founder Alan Kearns:

  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us, by Daniel H. Pink
  • Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within us All, by Tom Kelley and David Kelley
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg
  • What Should I Do With My Life?: The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question, by Po Bronson
  • The 5 Patterns of Extraordinary Careers: The Guide for Achieving Success and Satisfaction, by James M. Citrin
  • The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How To Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience, by Carmine Gallo


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