When You’re Laid Off
Do these things to minimize the fallout…
Once your supervisor has handed out the pink slip, don’t waste time, take action immediately:
- Email coworkers, let them know where they can reach you after leaving. No need to go into detail regarding what happened. Above all, don’t trash your boss.
- Transfer all important contacts and documents to your personal email–make hard copies too.
- Move your personal information into the trash, then empty it.
- Once home, contact supportive friends and family. Tell them you want to talk, go out for dinner, or coffee.
What you do in the short-term, the next week or two, is extremely important:
- Update your resume. Take your time, do it right, seek help at a local One Stop if needed.
- Send an email to everyone you know you’re seeking employment–be specific what you want. Attach the updated resume, then follow up in a few days. Tap into LinkedIn contacts, do the same with them.
- Practice interviewing, know how you’ll answer the most common questions (see other posts).
- Organize days to keep on top of job hunting, but don’t forget to include relaxing, enjoyable and healthy activities such as: exercising, reading, meditating.
- Deal with unresolved anger, disappointment or depression. Seek professional help if it lingers and drags you down.
- Pull back on your usual spending, cut costs where possible, find ways to save money.
Everyone has been laid off or fired from a job. Look at it as an opportunity to find something better, more engaging, which will allow for growth. Hang in there, you will find employment again.
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*Some information from Nicole Williams, Shape magazine