Please use this byline with all articles: Your career coach Alexandra Levit is an author and speaker focusing on workplace issues facing twenty-something employees. Learn more at www.alexandralevit.com
If you’ve chosen a career in the professional world, you will inevitably experience some type of setback. You’ll be moving along—making great progress, and growing by leaps and bounds every day—and then, suddenly, you’ll be dealt a blow. And whether your pet project is canceled, your performance review is a bust, you get turned down for a promotion, or you’re asked to leave the company, setbacks hurt big time. You’re de-motivated and disillusioned. You might not feel like doing anything for a few days except watching E!, munching on Doritos, and wallowing in self-pity.
When you’re lying on the ground and your job is stomping all over you, it can be pretty hard to pick yourself up and get moving again. Nevertheless, if you start thinking of yourself as a victim or allow yourself to lapse into prolonged negativity, you won’t be hurting anyone except yourself. Worrying until you get sick, abusing alcohol or drugs, or denying that you’ve reached an impasse won’t help either. The best strategy for making a comeback is to recognize the reality of the situation, acknowledge your feelings, and find a way to cope productively. Here are some tips that have gotten me through my darkest career days: