“All the world’s a stage.” – William Shakespeare

By Julie Doyle, Employment Consultant, Thornhill Employment Hub

When you have just lost your job due to downsizing or restructuring or lack of hours, the last thing you probably want to do is smile and put on a happy face. However as William Shakespeare said “All the world’s a stage” and truer words have never been spoken especially when it comes to your job search.


It is perfectly natural to feel angry, sad, frustrated and anxious as losing a job is a huge life loss and many people go through the stages of grief during this time.  The key thing to remember though, especially in today’s labour market, is that you never know where your next position can come from.  So it is imperative that we put our best foot forward and embrace the challenge with enthusiasm and a positive attitude.


In recent polls it was determined that 80% of all hires are due to referrals; your warm contacts, family, friends of friends, the result of networking. The downside to this is if we are angry and bitter about our job loss and share that negativity with the world, is your neighbor really going to want to refer you to his company for an ideal position when he knows that you are in a negative frame of mind? You may be right for the job, however your attitude screams stay away!


When we become unemployed we can also experience a loss of identity as so many of us identify who we are with what we do. So it is important to create an upbeat focus. Rather than being embarrassed to say you are unemployed when people ask you what you do, say I am currently between successes right now.


Three things to focus on when you become unemployed…


  1. Project a professional, eager and enthusiastic image to the world. Nobody wants to hire a negative person, and everyone is a potential employer. Countless job prospects have come from chance encounters at a bus stop or on a train ride home or meeting a friend of a friend at a family dinner. So be aware of your surroundings and the energy you are projecting at all times.


  2.  Remember it may not be a good day but it is a good life. It is true that we can’t be positive all the time, but do

       not let your struggle become your identity. Turn your problems into opportunities.


  3.  Joy shared is multiplied whereas grief and frustration shared is divided. No man is an island, so do not feel

      that you have to struggle through your job search alone. There are many professional resources that are available

      throughout your community. Find the one that is right for you.


Understand that although “all the world’s a stage”, life is not a dress rehearsal - so make the most of every day. We are in a live production, not a movie with a rewind button. Perform at your best every day and you will be amazed at the reviews you will get.