Tips To Survive A Layoff
The following eight tips will help make sure that recover from a
layoff sooner than you think.
#1 - DON'T PANIC:
You may have lost your job but you have not lost everything. You are
a skilled individual and will work again. Do not ever lose sight of
these two simple sentences. Do not let yourself fall into a spiral
of negative thinking. Think back to all the other people that you
know of that have lost jobs in the past and are now successfully
#2 - REFLECT AND RECOVER:
Step back and clear your head. Anger and fear are two of the most
common emotions experienced after a job-loss. Neither is conducive
to clear thinking or good decision-making. Take some time to talk
through your feelings of loss with friends and family members. If
this does not help, consider the services of a professional
counselor. Sort through your emotional baggage or else risk dragging
it with you on your job-search.
#3 - ORGANIZE YOUR FINANCES:
Take a serious look at your spending habits. List out your monthly
expenses into 2 groups- absolutely necessary and optional. If you
have already been laid off you should limit your spending to the
first category. If you are still employed but fearing what the
future may hold, start cutting back in the second category. A
general rule of thumb is to keep the enough cash to cover at least
two months worth of expenses in the bank for emergencies. If you
have not had a chance to do so as of the time of termination, you
still have options. Don't forget that most companies offer a
severance package to laid off employees. In addition you can also
contact your local un-employment agency regarding unemployment
#4 - INSURANCE:
Just because you have lost your job does not mean that you and your
family have immediately lost all insurance coverage that you had
while you were employed. It just means that now you are responsible
for paying for it all by yourself. Under COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus
Budget Reconciliation Act) generally you can remain on your former
employer's plan for up to 18 months as long as you pay the premiums.
Remember that there are time limits for signing up for COBRA. You
can get more COBRA information from the human resources department of
your former employer.
#5 - UPDATE YOUR RESUME:
Take account of all the skills and responsibilities that you acquired
on your last job. Make sure that you include these on your updated
resume. And remember this is not the time to be modest; be proud
of your accomplishments. If you are unsure on how to lay out or word
your resume, then you can find many examples of successful resumes on
the Internet or in your local bookstore. Definitely have a friend or
family member review your resume. Remember that a good resume can
often make the difference between being granted an interview or not.
Take the time to make your resume shine.
#6 - ACTIVATE YOUR NETWORK:
Do not be ashamed that you have been laid off. Tell everyone that
you think can help that you are looking for work. This does not mean
that you should cry on the shoulder of anyone that will listen. What
this does mean is that you should be prepared to tell friends, family
and even acquaintances that you are looking for work, what types of
skills you have and the types of jobs that you would be interested
#7 - CONSIDER USING A RECRUITER:
Consider using a recruiter. Recruiters a.k.a. headhunters can help
you to better manage and improve the results of your job search.
Using a recruiter has many advantages. These advantages include their
having already established relationships with many employers and
their having access to hidden job opportunities. In addition many
recruiters will offer tips on how to improve your resume and
interviewing skills. Best of all most recruiters are completely free
to the job seeker. They collect their fees directly from the
#8 - GO BACK TO SCHOOL:
Take advantage of the time provided by being laid off to better
yourself both professionally and personally. Some people choose to
go back to school and pursue an entirely different trade. Others
will attend a few classes at the local community college to sharpen
their skills in their chosen profession. Still others will pursue 6
or 12 month programs in a trade school. And don't think that your
study must be directly career related. This may be the perfect
opportunity to study a foreign language or learn to roller blade.
Layoffs provide people who are used to being busy with a lot of free
time. Make the most of this time by improving yourself.
In conclusion, remember that getting laid off is not the end of the
Whether you are recently unemployed or are just feeling a bit
uncertain about your job security in these tough economic times, the
eight survival tips above can help you to get back on your feet
quickly in the event of a layoff.
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Nathan Newberger is the job and career expert at http://www.WorkTree.com. Nathan has over 10 years experience in staffing and human resources. He has worked both as a recruiter and career counselor. Mr. Newberger has been the Managing Editor at http://www.WorkTree.com for the past 5 years and his articles have helped thousands of job seekers.
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