What to Do When You Get Laid Off.

Whether you see it coming from a mile away, or it comes as a complete shock, being laid off can rock your world.

Being laid off can be an overwhelming and stressful experience of loss and change. For some people, a layoff could be a welcome relief from a difficult job situation or looked at as potential for moving on in their life. But for others a job loss can have a significant emotional impact. different people deal with change and stress in many different ways.

You may experience depression after a layoff, as well as feelings of anxiety, self-doubt, and more. It’s natural to have these feelings, but they can also prevent you from being productive and finding a new job

You don’t have control over how fast you can get a new gig……But there are a few steps that might help in dealing with this new reality.

1. Grieve

It’s normal to feel depressed after being laid off or any time you lose a job. Losing your income can be a shock to your system, and losing the structure and stability in your daily schedule can also cause issues for many job seekers who were recently let go from their position.

However, the worst thing that you can do is completely lose all routine and stop all productive activities. That will lead to deeper depression and loss of health and productivity.

So try to maintain the remaining areas of structure in your life including exercise, cooking, eating healthy meals, going outside, etc.

Maintain your grooming, too. Dress in normal clothing (as opposed to pajamas). While this may seem silly, it will help you avoid long-term depression after a layoff and also help you get into a productive mindset to find another job.

Getting angry will not help you find a new job after being laid off, though. Focus on what you can control and try to take a few minutes to calm yourself if you start feeling this way.

2. Take time to breathe and relax

Make sure you apply for unemployment benefits during your first week of total or partial unemployment.

3. Reflect and plan for your next job

Resist the urge to go send out 100 random job applications, and instead – start planning and strategizing.

What type of jobs do you want, and why? (Employers love to ask questions like, “Why did you apply for this position?” so it’s best to start thinking ahead of time with how you’ll answer, and how you’ll explain what you want to do next!)

Think about who you can contact in your network that could introduce you to some companies who are hiring. Think about if anyone at your old company can give you a testimonial or letter of recommendation! Whether it’s on LinkedIn or elsewhere. 

Getting rested and in good mental shape, and planning how you’ll attack your job search before starting, will both get you hired for a better job in the long-run!

A strong social support system of friends and family can help us accomplish our goals or deal with a crisis. Cultivating a support system takes time as we build up friendships and relationships with people over the course of a lifetime. 

A social support system takes on many different forms.

 It can mean emotionally supporting someone, such as giving advice at the right time, or taking care of them when they are ill. Showing concern and empathy are also common traits. This requires social integration, or the actual participation in your social circles with emotions, intimacy, and a sense of belonging. social support systems help us deal with stress in our lives. Being surrounded by people who are supportive and care about us can help us take care of ourselves and even reduce the consequences of trauma-induced disorders,

Here’s what you have to do

Day 1: Take a break, plan, and organize

Take advantage of this break to get back in shape. Or, use your free time to take an online course to learn a new skill!

Day 2: Get the paperwork out of the way

There is a lot of paperwork associated with a layoff. However, it’s one of the most important items for what to do after a layoff, and it’s best to get it out of the way quickly. 

Day 3: Rework your resume

After a layoff, spend a day creating an updated resume that reflects the skills and experience you gleaned in your most recent role. If you don’t know where to start, consider putting a resume builder to use.

Day 4: Write a cover letter

When faced with candidates who possess similar qualifications, recruiters and hiring managers often turn to cover letters to help them decide which candidate to interview.

Day 5: Start spreading the news

Even though you may feel a sense of embarrassment about losing your job, the truth is that layoffs are a fact of life. These things happen and it doesn’t necessarily reflect what kind of employee you were.

Day 6: Account for your availability

The next big thing to do after being laid off is to plan for how you’ll explain the fact that you’re job searching now. 

Day 7: Use your freedom wisely

Take advantage of this break to get back in shape. Or, use your free time to take an online course to learn a new skill!

Keep a Positive Mental Attitude

  • Stay aware of the messages that you are giving yourself. If you notice you are having self-critical thoughts (e.g., “I will never have a good job again”, “I feel worthless”), it is important to observe this and to tell yourself to stop doing it. These thoughts are unhelpful and make us feel worse.
  • We can not always be in control of what happens to us – in fact, often how we handle what happens to us is the only thing we can control.
  • Remember that nothing ever stays the same, and tell yourself “this too shall pass”
  • Maintain a hopeful outlook and visualize what you want rather than worrying about what you fear

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