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Laid Off? 5 Steps to Move Forward

Being laid off from your job is never an easy matter. But, you should know that life goes on and try to be positive! Be sure to check out these tips!

Whether you suspected they were going to lay you off, or it was an absolute shock, there will definitely be a loss in your stability. Unfortunately, this can cause serious emotional, mental and financial damage and your confidence can be shaken.


But, you should know that this is only temporary, and it is not the end of your career. If you have the right attitude and strategy, you will move on and find a better position in no time. Without further ado, here are 5 steps you should take to move forward.

1. Follow Up with HR

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Being laid off is not something easy for you or a company but, they know how difficult cutting someone’s position is so they provide some kind of severance benefits to help their ex-employees move on. Even though you were, most probably, told what you are being offered during your layoff meeting, chances are you still have several questions about your situation.

What you need to do is follow up with the HR to get clarification of what your severance benefits will be and what your legal rights are. Don’t hesitate to ask all the questions you might have, it is their duty to help you and compensate you during this hard time.

2. Ask for Outplacement Resources

Some companies could offer outplacement resources for their laid-off employees to help them move on. Resources such as resume support or career coaching can help an employee’s confidence and future job prospects if used correctly. So, just go ahead and ask your employer if they offer these kinds of services. If they don’t, you can at least try and secure a positive reference for your future.

3. Time to Process

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It might be a good thing to start looking for a new job right after you’ve been laid off; but, it’s best to take a few days off to grieve before you dive into job searching. It’s okay to feel resentful, angry or worried; you need time to recharge your batteries and slowly bring positivity into your life to start the job hunting process better. Remember: there is no shame in being laid off, this could happen to anyone.

4. Plan Your Next Move

Take advantage of the situation - of you being laid off - to pursue your dreams. Maybe you were in that job because you couldn’t find something better, or didn't have a chance to do what you truly loved. It's the perfect time to change careers or even start your own business.

5. Move Forward

Of course, there are no rules about how a person should move on after such a terrible and life-changing experience. Maybe this is your chance to do things you never had the time to do like sleeping in, exercising, eating better or as previously said start a new venture.

Nevertheless, don’t stay in this self-pity for too long. You need to move on one way or another, and you need to treat this as a positive experience. Who knows? Maybe this is the best thing that will ever happen to you.

See Also: What Next When You Are Laid Off?

Have you ever been laid off? How did you handle it? Share your tips in the comments section below…