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Overcoming a Major Setback in Your Career

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We all have bad days at work. But some days are much worse than others!

If you've received a layoff notice, learned that you've been passed over for a promotion, or been formally reprimanded for your performance, these things go beyond having a rough day at the office. They can be major career setbacks.

When something like this happens to you, it can seem like the end of the world.

Will you lose your job? Will you be able to find a new job? Will you ever get the opportunity and recognition you desire?

With worst-case scenarios running through your head, it may be hard to pull yourself together and start planning your next move. But that's exactly what you have to do. You must dig deep, and find the strength to move on.

If you worry and focus on the negatives, you'll miss out on the positives. And developing a positive outlook can help you rebound quickly. In fact, with the right attitude and set of skills, you might emerge from a career setback with a much stronger belief in yourself – and in what you can accomplish.

Getting Past the Impasse

When you encounter a career setback, you have a choice:

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