Laid Off? 10 Important Steps You Must Take Immediately

laid offIf you’ve been laid off, these are the steps you should take immediately… Don’t wait!

There’s probably a range of emotions you’ve been feeling. That’s normal. But I don’t want you to get stuck in any of those emotions or let them get in the way of what you need to do.

So here are some rules and reminders you must consider right after you find yourself unemployed.

10 Steps to Take After Being Laid Off

If I sound mean or pushy, it is because I deeply care.  Being out of work is emotionally painful. And not just for you, but for everyone who cares about you.

This is what you should have heard me say when you were first laid off, but didn’t, so I am going to say it again:

  1. Don’t keep your job search a secret!  Tell everyone what you’re up to, and also be clear about what you are looking for.
  2. Pursue every lead and referral with the inquisitive eyes of a toddler.
  3. Stop playing on the job boards (so much).  They’ll zap your zeal.
  4. Nurture relationships past and future. (Yes, it is called networking.)
  5. Cast a wide net, look at and pursue opportunities that are different, yet also acceptable.
  6. Consider relocation today, not 3 months from today.  This means actively pursuing and interviewing for jobs outside your city, NOW!
  7. Juggle more balls than you think you can handle.  Job search is about multi-tasking.
  8. Get out of your house and volunteer.  You never know what might happen or who you might meet.
  9. Take care of yourself mentally, physically and spiritually.
  10. This will take longer than you want, so cut all discretionary spending immediately.

One Last Reminder

There is a strange and predictable phenomenon job seekers go through.

They get a lead or a land a job interview early in the process… and stop all other activities. Or at least, while getting their hopes up, they pay less attention to the other things they should be doing.

This is like watching a train wreck in slow motion.

“Run. Run”, I feel like screaming.  “Don’t stop looking!” I would say.

In fact, laid of or not, I hope you never stop looking for your next great job. After all the emotion gets behind you, think of it this way: The employment gods have just granted you permission to find and do something even better!


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Hannah Morgan hiring prosAbout the Author: Hannah Morgan is a career sherpa, guiding new job seekers through the treacherous terrain of job search. If you are looking for no-nonsense advice, check out her site Career Sherpa. And follow Hannah on Twitter for the latest job search news and trends!



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