Trauma Over Losing Your Job

A reason you feel traumatized after losing a job is because companies fail to honor the emotions of employees who are let go through no fault of their own. What a shame.

Employees, the lifeblood of any corporation, are often devalued during downsizings. Employers are blasé about the trauma you go through while being shoved out the door.

The indifference shown by companies is reflected in the buzzwords used by corporate America associated with dumping employees. Spokespeople announce to the business press that workers are “being involuntary separated.” Or, “our company is reducing headcount.” These terms just don’t do justice to the trauma you experience after learning you’ve gotten the axe.

To be on the receiving end of an axe blow is one of life’s most traumatic situations. And losing your job is ranked right up there as a major event. In fact, job loss is right under death of a loved one and divorce on the Homes Rahe Stress Scale.

The Trauma of a job loss is like going through several deaths at once. Your job is gone. And so is your identification with that job along with your self-esteem. Your income has also died as you separate from your associates, income, and the structure of the daily routine you’ve relied upon for the past twenty years.

So it’s only natural your trauma causes you to experience a range of emotions from anger and rage, to depression and the desire to get even.

The best way to get even is to find another job. George Herbert, the English religious poet, sums it up this way—“Living well is the best revenge.”

You may also be interested in a related article titled, Feeling Miserable (and what you can do about it).

Copyright ©2015 by Ransom (Randy) Place


About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.