You got that dreaded letter. All kinds of negative emotions go through your head. The word and thought of “If only!” keeps simmering in your mind. If only I would have done better or If only etc etc… You have to understand one thing. 60% of retrenchment done these days is because of macro economic factors or economical challenges which push the corporate to take the decision compared to your personal performance. But if it was your personal performance then accept it and move on to next step.

What is next step? First a detailed analysis about your personal skills, knowledge , network and qualifications are needed. What you want to do after this. What job or skill you are good at. Who you can count on to get a job . Does your CV or linked-in profile looks good or bad?

This introspection must be internal and genuine. Do not take short cuts. See where are your strengths and weakness.

The current job market is merciless. It works with a mix of certifications,skills and network(who you know). So you have to strengthen all the three areas. Once you do that start applying to the jobs via online portals, contacts and also other avenues. The interviews will come.

During interview you have to be very tactful when talking to new prospects. Need not hide the fact that you are retrenched but at same time no need to over amplify how you got retrenched or talk bad about your ex-employers. That sends warning signs to your prospective employer. Have a pragmatic approach to it.

After interview send a thank you email to the HR and interviewer. Do not push them too push for updates. If you do not hear from them after two or three weeks means maybe you did not get job or the hiring did not happen.

Overall you will have to look at it as a new opportunity. One door closes and other door opens.

Quoting from the Great Napolean Hill “Fear is nothing but a state of mind”