What’s done is done; time to move on
Just when you think that you’ve done everything right. You worked hard. You got a good job. You kept at it. You provided for your family and even managed to stash away some savings. You can see the light of retirement at the end of the tunnel.
And then, POW!
It’s all gone in an instant. “It’s not your fault,” they told you. Cutbacks. Downsizing. Layoffs. Whatever they call it, it doesn’t matter. You’re over 50 and you’re out on the street without a job.
The first thing to do is to put it behind you. You can’t change what happened. You can’t go back. What’s done is done. No matter much you may not want to do it, you have to pick yourself up and start looking for a new position.
You can’t get down on yourself. If you do, it will show. And no one is going to want to hire a “sad sack.” You can’t run around pitching your tale of woe hoping for some sympathy. Oh, you might be able wreak as much sympathy as possible from those you meet but, in the end, it will make your situation worse. No one will hire you out of sympathy.
Is there any good news?
Of course, there is. This may be the best time to be looking for work in the past 30 or 40 years. And you have experience. Lots of it. You have a track record of being capable, reliable, etc., etc. You have and are offering what they want.
This doesn’t mean that some employer will go out of the way to hire you, but you’re well positioned. Do some introspection. Determine your strengths. Organize all that into a neatly-designed, well thought out resume. And hit the streets.
Quit looking in the rear view mirror. You’ll only see your next job looking forward through the windshield.