We’ve all heard stories about people who have been laid off, but no amount of whispers, worries, and speculation can compare to the punched-in-the-gut feeling that you get when your manager calls you into her office and tells you that your services are no longer required. So what now? Where do you go from here? Here are some tips that will help you pick yourself up and move on:
Be classy. You’re angry and probably rightfully so. However, anger is not a marketable trait for a job seeker. As tempting as it may be, don’t trash talk your employer. You can vent to your family and close friends, but try to keep it professional when speaking with your previous colleagues or anyone working in the industry. Be grateful to your employer for the opportunities that they gave you and make your exit as graceful as possible.
Re-evaluate. It is important that you take a step back and try to determine why you were laid off. Was it a problem within your company or is your industry in decline? If the labour market conditions are not favourable for your job, it might be a good idea to consider a career change. You don’t want to find yourself in the same position a year from now.
Recognize that it can happen to anyone. In this economy, you can’t let yourself get too upset about being laid off. There is no such thing as job security and you always need to be ready to start sending out resumes. Accept your situation and try to see it as an opportunity.
Take one day off. Losing a job is tough. Take a day to cry, complain to anyone who will listen, and drown your sorrows in a bucket of chocolate ice cream while you watch endless hours of reality television. But that’s it; one day. After that day, you have to pick yourself up and get moving. A new job isn’t going to just appear on your doorstep; you have to work for it.
Network. Networking is the most effective way to find a job and if you need a job quickly, it’s the way to go. Get contact information for all of your previous colleagues and be sure to connect with them through social media. Let all of your contacts know that you are looking for work and start attending events to grow your network.
Life goes on-even after being laid off. You still have bills to pay and there are still exciting opportunities all around you. The best approach is to brush yourself off and just get on with it; before you know it, someone will be offering you another job.
(Written by: Karen Bivand, Image Courtesy of Pakorn at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)