Transition phase between jobs

Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become. These words of wisdom may seem too convoluted to decipher in the times we live in, but their meaning still holds relevance. A change of job is undoubtedly most significant for a professional, especially when one quits or has to quit without having a new opportunity in the offing. The search for the new job is full of challenges and the period in between is even more perplexing.

The transition phase between one job and the quest for another can be a bit edgy if your roadmap is hazy. Dealing with this phase though individualistic, has a common thread. Be it due to unforeseen reasons, or a planned move, quitting a job without the next one in hand can bring with it a mix bag of emotions. Thus, at such a time, it is essential to tread with care to welcome the new beginning. Following are a few pointers on how to cope:

Acceptance: The foremost task is to come to terms with your own decision and discard all second thoughts. It is said that you have to close one door to enter another, but it can be hell in the hallway, thus, leave your luggage behind and gear up to write a new chapter in your life.

This is a time for retrospection, change in perspective and personal growth. Thus it is important to take advantage of all your learning so far, and move ahead with a renewed sense of confidence. It is believed that we make our lives with our own thoughts, so stay calm and positive, and know the best is on its way.

Once you have come to terms with the situation, start planning for the future with an open mind. If you have quit for a shift in a career, then sit back and plan how you can get there, be it taking up a course, networking, and so on and take immediate action in that direction. It is critical to re-look your finances, and curtail your expenses since you never know how long it will take you to get another job.

Get connected: After chalking a direction, it is important to begin the hunt for the right job. Post your resume on all job portals, get in touch with leading head hunters, and touch base with influential contacts who, can help you to reach out to the right people for a job. Go for interviews to various companies, even if you feel that may not be the perfect opportunity. The interview experience is important, and will teach you what to say when and what not to. Also you never know where an opportunity is hidden. A word of caution, do not take up any job in a hurry, without weighing the pros and cons. Your anxiety should not lead you to making an impulsive decision. Know your worth.

This may be a time to reflect but is also a time to let your hair down since you are not bound to anything. Go on a vacation, since once another job comes along, the rat race will tie you down again. Do something you have always wanted to do.

At a time of recession, it is always better to learn a new skill, or utilize an existing one. Take up part-time or weekend jobs until you get a full-time job. If you are not getting a job in the desired sector, look at different sectors where your skills can be used.

The transition phase for some may be short, for others months long, but a well rounded plan of action coupled with the right attitude can help you sail through choppy waters. Do not panic at such a time, and know it is not the end of the world. You will emerge as a winner, if you have the desire to win.