You found your dream job.
For a while, it was wonderful.
Then a new boss took the helm.
A bully boss.
At first, you didn’t believe it could be true. But as time wore on, you realized that the way this person spoke to you, the judgment you received, and the demands on your time were beyond reason.
You tried to figure it out. You scheduled meetings with your boss. You asked for clearer direction.
Things got worse.
It wasn’t easy, but you quit.
Now, you’re looking for something new, a fresh start, a place to contribute your talents. The sky is bluer and the outlook sunny.
Or so you’re told.
But you still feel awful.
Everyone tells you to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and get your resumes out! Only, you feel completely discouraged and even though you smile and look busy, deep down, you feel that no one will hire you; that they will see what your boss saw and laugh at you.
What you’re feeling is normal. It’s the sort of PTSD that those of us who have lived through workplace bullying experience after leaving a toxic situation – and it’s real. Here’s some advice from the Workplace Bullying Institute that might help you recover: