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  EMOTIONS                                                                                                       Updated 08/29/2016 

  It is hard dealing with the loss of a job for nearly anyone.

  Taking time to "clear your head" is critical before you rush out and start talking to
  everyone or submitting applications to find a new job.  The last item is about getting
  information together to start your job search faster but only do this using your records
  and other family knowledge versus trying to contact people until SARA has left.

  Your new girl friend: SARA

This does not play well if you have a wife, fiance or girl friend but it is a good reflective acronym you can share with them before take serious heat from them.

SARA is an acronym for Shock, Anger, Resentment and finally Acceptance.
These are the four normal states people go through before they should begin an active job search.  The phases consist of:


    SHOCK:
    Realizing you lost your employment for whatever reason.  Often there are few
    signs of the pending action.  It surprises your co-workers that you were let go
    and the shock impacts their work going forward.  You may feel sick to your
    stomach or feel like taking your anger out on others or simply feel totally
    confused and lost.  When this happens do not resort to verbal or physical
    attacks as it will haunt you later.  Avoid from signing any documents as you
    will not be in a state of mind to enter into legally binding agreements; take
    copies with you for review by someone who understands what they really say.


    ANGER:
    You start getting mad, possibly while still at your now former job.  Do not resort
    to verbal or physical attacks as it will haunt you later and cannot be undone.
    
Posting bond without an income is not a good way to end the day.  Venting your
    anger is critical to you being able to start your job search.  
Anger not released
    will surface in meetings, interviews, social settings 
and mark you as "Damaged
    Goods" and thus leaving you unemployable.  Take the 
time to unwind, relax so
    you can enter the next phase without doing 
harm to relationships or people you
    know or love.  If you use alcohol, this is 
a good time to stop until your head is
    back in a good place.  If you use drugs, stop now as it will only get worse.


    RESENTMENT:
    You are angry at your former management, former company, and potentially the
    world.  This too will pass and if it does not seek help in ending it.  Once you
    successfully complete this phase you can begin Acceptance where you start
    planning your future and charting your course.  DO NOT TALK to people yet as
    any written or verbal signs of resentment or anger will leave you as "Damaged 
    Goods" and that is a label that is challenging to remove from your career.


    ACCEPTANCE:
    The final stage.  This is where you should first start talking to Moderators of The
    CT Groups to see if all the Anger and Resentment have left you to avoid the label
    of "Damaged Goods".  It should only take a few minutes with you doing most if
    not all of the talking.  Once you achieve this state you mentally are in the right
    state to begin planning your future direction, desired job titles/roles, preferred
    companies to work at, potentials to move to a new city or state, or take a totally
    new direction for a dream you once had and now see the potential for doing it.


  INFORMATION GATHERING 

  You will be needing information for your Career Transition to:

     -  Past & Current Employment Information 
        Your Resume and any Employment Applications will require information of:
          -  past employer including City and State
          -  starting and termination date often down to the day
          -  job title
          -  description of position, duties, etc.
          -  last manger's name and title

        The Employment Application is a legal document.  Inaccurate or false information
        provided can be the basis for termination.  Companies to understand such detail is
        not always 100% over many years and allow a "grace" of 60 to 90 days on the dates
        entered versus actual before they will be questioned by the Recruiter.  A good
        practice can be to save your first and last paycheck stubs on a computer for your
        reference and supporting evidence should something be challenged.

        Last manager information is not seen that often but it is still good to document in
        your records.

     -  Certifications, Licenses and Degrees 
        Expect to provide contact information for verification for any Certifications,
        Licenses or Degrees family members have which should include the:
          -  Number tied to the Certification or Licenses
          -  Name of the Issuing/Granting Institution or Organization
          -  Address with City, State, Country and ZIP or Postal Code (if any)
          -  Telephone Number


     -  Documents on Insurance Coverage and Members on the Policy 
        Have information available from your current/previous employer that documents
        benefits available, what is covered, who is covered, coverage limitations, and what
        the cost is.  Having this information can help you make decisions to avoid costly
        mistakes in obtaining coverage from private or government programs.

        You may or may not be eligible for COBRA (a continuation of Employer Benefits)
        but this is often at a higher cost than alternatives.  Know the dates they are due
        plus the premium.

        Insurance on other items such as Car Insurance, Homeowners Insurance and any
        special insurance you may carry to that you know your coverage and premiums.

          Do not forget Life Insurance policies of all types you may hold including those for
        burial or post-life benefits along with any premiums that will be due, when and
        amounts.

    -  Documents on Family and Property 
         There may be a desire or need to relocate for a good job.  For this many items
        need to be gathered and saved should this option be taken.  These include:
  •  Registration, Bill of Sale, Title and active insurance policies and inspection
     on any motor vehicles which can include 
    motorcycles, cars, trucks, mobile
     homes, 
    recreational vehicles, campers, trailers
    , etc.
     If you need to register such items in a new state or certain
     localities, you will need to establish proof of ownership and payment of taxes
     in your original location and/or provide a basis for additional taxes that may
     be due in the new locality.

  •  Medical and Dental Records
     Generally you only need to know how to contact the holders of these records
     so they can be forwarded between recognized offices.  This will be needed for
     all parents, children and potentially pets.

     Have available the contact information for any hospitals, clinics and other
     medical providers who may have additional information including X-Rays,
     EKG records, lab reports, etc. that will be needed in the new location.

  • Transfer of Medical Prescriptions
     Being able to replace lost of fully consumed medications can be a nightmare
     when in a new town and not being fully established.  Keep in mind not all
     prescriptions can be transferred easily or may require a new script to get
     the medication.  Seeking advanced refills of key medications may be smart.

  •  Birth Certificates Family Members
     Schools and States can be funny about what they can waive or demand.
     Order copies as needed.  Often this is the Bureau of Statistics for the City or
     County where family members were born.  A small fee is sometimes charged
     for providing such material.  Keep these in a secure place and scanned into a
     computer for quick access such as natural disasters, or other proof required.

  •  Driver License Records
     Insure the expiration dates on Driver Licenses will not become a problem if
     your move to a location is delayed.  This can add complexity to your efforts
     to drive in your new State or through states in your relocation.

  •  Academic Records
     Records from any of your children's schools will be needed at their new
     school.  Know how that request needs to be made and how the request is to 
     be made to obtain those records.  This, along with proof of vaccinations, if
     not provided in time, could cause a delay in your children starting school.

  •  House and other Restate Holdings
     Having evidence of prior ownership and subsequent sale may avoid any legel
     issues from arising or getting out of control.

  •  Utility Providers, and Service Providers
     Upon leaving you will want the Billing Office to be aware of your new address
     for final bills after shut-off or transfer of responsibility to the new owners.

  •  Forwarding Address
     While the above should protect you from late or unreceived bills, providing
     notice to the US Post Office adds protection for these and other items not
     remembered and addressed.

  •  Neighbors, Friends and Home Owners Insurance Agent Contact Information
     It's always good to stay in touch with old friends especially if you may need to
     enlist their help for something left or to handle a residence matter if you did
     not sell your home or still have legal ownership.  Plus you know how to reach
     to share your stories and keep in contact.  The same for Home Owners and
     law enforcement should it be necessary.

    -  WHO DO YOU KNOW?? 

So often we become complacent and don't keep track of people we know well, people we have met, people we worked with or socialized with or went to religious services with ... along with how to contact them.

These contacts can provide a "jump start" to your job search by adding extra eyes and ears for opportunities that could make a significant difference to you and your family.  Whether it is someone inside a company you have on your TOP COMPANIES list, someone who can offer a reference or has skills in the area of job search (hiring manager, HR Recruiter, etc.).

LinkedIn is great but it does not provide a quick way to identify friends which often is a small subset of your total connections.  Use this time, in part, to
reconstruct, update or even start building your list including full contact information, where you became acquainted and about when along with where they were and what they do.  Knowledge is Power so build your power today!