5 Things to Do If You’ve Been Laid Off

There have been cuts at your workplace and the worst has finally happened; you lost your job.  So what now?  Not only do you have to deal with this devastating situation, but you also need to figure out how you are going to support yourself.  Don’t panic and don’t crawl into a hole.  Follow these steps and you’ll quickly be back on the road to employment.

Give Yourself Time to Grieve.  Losing your job hurts.  It’s embarrassing, it’s a blow to your ego and it makes you feel insecure.  Allow yourself to feel the natural emotions that accompany this difficult situation.  Talk to a trusted friend or family member and tell them exactly how you are feeling.  You need to give yourself space to mourn the loss of your job before you can truly move on.

Accept Your Fate.  Have you been replaying your last days or weeks of work in your mind, wondering what went wrong?  If you had done something differently, would you still have a job today?  Stop torturing yourself.  You may not have done anything to cause this.  In this economy, employers are regularly forced to make difficult decisions, and today that may have meant getting rid of you.  You need to stop second guessing yourself and accept that you’ve been laid off.  Once you acknowledge the reality of your current situation, you can take steps to improve it.

Make a Plan for Your Future.  What are you going to do now?  You need a plan.  Being laid off from a job can be the shock that you need to make necessary changes in your life.  Were you happy in your job?  Should you be considering a new career?  Do some soul searching and research before you decide what type of job you want to target.

Update Your Resume.  If you had been working for while, your resume may be completely out of date.  It’s time to dust it off and get to work.  While you were working, you acquired a lot of new skills and experiences.  Make a list of everything that you did and can do while it is still fresh in your mind.  Your updated resume may open up a lot of new doors for you.

Get Out There.  After all of that self reflection and planning, you are now ready to get out and find a job.  Apply for positions and start reaching out to your network.  When you start actively looking, you will feel more optimistic about your situation and before long you will start to get interview calls.

When you lose your job, you feel as if the rug has been ripped out from underneath you.  It’s scary and you may be afraid that you’ll never get another job.  Don’t worry; people are laid off everyday and they bounce back.  The key is to stay positive and to keep moving forward.  Good luck!

(Written by: Karen Bivand, Photo by: Winnond/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net)


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