The following outline is divided into five sections that will help those who have recently lost their jobs deal with emotions, lifestyle, job hunting, networking and finances that may be overwhelming. 

Your goal now is to implement a plan that will put you on the road to a new job and a new attitude!


I. Reconstruct a Positive Mental Attitude and Self-pride

  • Do not dwell on the negatives, start picking up
  • the pieces;
  • Do not take unemployment personally;
  • Do not get angry, do not burn any bridges;
  • Take initiative, be courageous and take chances;
  • Avoid placing blame, maintain a no-fault view of events;
  • Ask others for support, express yourself


II. Divert Negative Stress Into Positive Energy by Staying Busy and Maintaining a Daily Routine


  • Establish a daily routine that includes designated job search time;
  • Accept a temporary job, perhaps with another club to help a colleague through a busy season;
  • Begin a good exercise regime including daily workouts;
  • Get a hobby and get involved;
  • Donate your time to a charity;
  • Spend more time with your family, renew old relationships with friends;
  • Fix those things in the house that you have been putting off;
  • Explore aspects of your environment that you haven't had time for (museums, libraries, attractions, etc.)



III. Spend Time Researching and Implementing Job Search Strategies


  • Through the CSCM website, utilize the career resources; along with other sites, such as The Golf Management Institue of Canada site. 
  • Read and take advantage  of Club Management Magazine advertisements and other industry related publications;
  • Utilize the CSCM Position Postings;
  • Refer to books on résumé writing, cover letters and interview skills;
  • Obtain newspaper (primarily Sundays) subscriptions from metropolitan areas where you would be willing to relocate;
  • Rewrite your résumé and cover letter with help from a friend or a professional;
  • Consider hiring an outplacement specialist, consultant or headhunter



IV. Network


  • Attend CSCM and CMAA meetings and workshops;
  • Contact Branch Presidents and other Branch leaders for guidance and assistance;
  • Contact old friends and business associates for potential job leads;
  • Obtain the CMAA Employment Service Specialist List (headhunter list);
  • Do not shotgun your résumé, be selective with clubs and headhunters



V. Educate Yourself About Entitlement, Severance Pay and Finances


  • Contact your attorney if there is possible wrongful termination;
  • Apply for unemployment compensation;
  • Call former employer and obtain an appointment to discuss additional severance benefits:
    •  salary continuance
    •  health, life and disability benefits
    •  accrued vacation and sick days
    •  un-vested pension money
    •  fee-paid outplacement
    •  temporary office use (coping, typing and secretarial)
  • Plan financially for six months of unemployment;
  • Contact a professional financial advisor for planning purposes



Source: The context contained within the "Career Transition" page was generously provided by the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA).