What to Do After You Get Laid Off

By Brenda on March 8th, 2012


Corporate lay-offs are becoming more of a reality these days. With the unemployment rate hovering around 10% there are a lot of people who have been given a pink slip through no fault of their own. If this has happened to you here are ten things you should do the very next day.

1. Wake up early

This is crucial. It may be tempting to stay in bed but don’t. Instead, get up early and exercise. Ride your bike, go for a brisk walk, or hit the gym.

2. Get cleaned up

There’s something about getting dressed and fixing up. It does something to your mood and helps you from feeling sorry for yourself. Out on your favorite clothes and eat a healthy breakfast.

3. Write a thank you

Write a thank you note to your old boss and your coworkers. This is a really classy move. They may also remember your name when they hear of job openings.

4. Don’t ignore finances

Take a look at your bills and where you can cut back. Typically people can cut out things like the cable bill, cell phone bill and most of all dining out. Dining out is the biggest area to save on your monthly expenses.

5. Grieve

It’s okay to be sad. Ignoring those feelings is only going to make it worse. Go through the emotions now instead of repressing them. It’s a normal and healthy reaction.

6. Talk to someone who can encourage you

This is huge! It’s tempting to wallow in self pity alone or to get with people who will feed into the negativity. Instead, go to coffee with someone who can give you encouragement and make you feel energized.

7. Make a plan

Fail to plan and you’ll plan to fail. Get a plan in place for your job search. This will help you feel productive and give you something positive to focus your energy on. Items should include filing for unemployment, dusting off the resume, and getting references in order.

8. List your contacts

Begin to think about the people in your network who might be able to help you find a job. Don’t be shy in reaching out to them.

9. Take some time to reflect

Think about what you really want to do. This could be an opportunity to change careers or even go back to school.

10. Stay on a schedule

This will give you control and help you continue living in a disciplined manner. You don’t want to be the guy or gal that gets laid off and then let’s their life spiral downward into spending hours watching day time television after getting out of bed at noon.


Category: Careers and Employment