It’s no secret that the economy isn’t great these days. Unfortunately, because of the nation’s money issues, it is not uncommon at all for employee – even excellent employees with perfect track records and a proven history with their companies – to find themselves being laid off from the jobs that they love. If you have devoted your life to your career, getting the news that you have been laid off can be devastating, and you may not know where to turn next.
First of all, don’t worry. Even though being laid off may seem like the end of the world when it happens, there are a few tips you can keep in mind that will ease the emotional and financial burden. In no time, you’ll be transitioning smoothly from your previous job into the next stage of your career.
Give yourself Time
There is no shame in taking a little bit of personal time before you dive into the help wanted ads. As a matter of fact, when you give yourself the chance to emotionally process the loss of your job, you have a much better mindset when it comes to searching for a new one. Think of it like a romantic relationship that has recently ended: you wouldn’t want to “rebound” back into something with the very next person you have dinner with, because you might end up making a mistake and getting stuck with someone that won’t make you happy in the long run, right?
The same is true of your job. If you grasp at the next opportunity that comes along, it may not be the right one. You could end up in an entry-level position, even though you have experience that qualifies you for something much better. If you take the first job you come across, you might find yourself working for a company that does not share any of your beliefs or values.
Take your time, and don’t be afraid to be gentle with yourself and your emotional state while you are looking for something new. This can also be an excellent time to rethink the goals you have set for your life, and see if you are on the best possible path for yourself.
Keep your Network Strong
Even though keeping quiet about your unemployment may seem like the right thing to do, don’t give in to the desire to hide. Put yourself out there! Make sure to mention on social media and in your circles of friends and family that you have recently been laid off and are looking for new opportunities. You never know who might have just the thing for you, or which friend of a friend is currently hiring in your field.
If you have previously been employed in a specific industry that holds hiring functions or other events locally, be sure to polish your resume and stop by one of these gatherings. Chances are good that you might meet someone who can help you on the road to being employed once again. And even if you don’t, you will be able to communicate with others who work in your field, and keep your own knowledge and information fresh in your mind.
It may go without saying that you should watch your spending habits while you aren’t pulling in a paycheck, but this can be easier said than done. Anything that isn’t related to your livelihood and your ability to look for a new job should be considered expendable during this time. For example, you may need to purchase health insurance if you are no longer covered by your previous employer, but you don’t need to worry about paying for new clothes right now (as long as you have something appropriate to wear to interviews). And while you may need to keep your Internet service intact for the time being, you might consider cutting your cell phone plan back to the bare minimum, or canceling your cable for a while.
If you keep these few tips in mind, you’ll be back on your feet in no time, and ready to show the world what you can do in your next employment endeavor.