Been made redundant?
Losing your job always comes as a shock. However, perhaps for those in more senior appointments, who have worked their way up over the years and feel that they might have earned some level of security, the shock may well be even more intense.
Many will have meagre experience of interviews, let alone sufficient knowledge of what a good CV looks like these days and will find themselves plunged into a candidate rich job market with very little idea of how best to go about making themselves stand out from their competition.
The key is not to rush and not to panic. Easier said than done when there is a mortgage to be paid, school fees to be found and a mountain of bills piling up. A good employer, having made the tough decision to let you go, should also understand that your focus now will be very much aimed at yourself and therefore ought to give you plenty of time in which to explore just exactly what your future might look like.