Handling A Layoff


A reader writes,

Dear Anita,

I have just recently been let go from my job. I did not see this coming, and I am starting to get really worried about what is going to happen next. What can I do to keep myself sane and organized in such a difficult time?

Dear Fish out of Water,

I am very sorry to hear about your recent layoff. Losing your source of income, professional connections, and many other benefits can be a very hard and difficult pill to swallow. But have no fear, there IS a light at the end of the tunnel.

First off, as hard as it may be, try your best not to panic. It may seem like it, but no, the world is not coming to an end and the sky is not falling. Collect your thoughts and do not display anger or do anything unprofessional upon receiving the news. You never know, the company may want you to come back in a few short months. But if you make a scene and make a terrible decision to bad-mouth your boss or vandalize company property, you will never get that chance.

After you have gotten yourself together, ask your supervisor for details about why it didn’t work out. It may be painful to hear what went wrong, but if you take it as constructive criticism, it will help you tremendously in your next venture.

Finally, ask what type of severance package you will receive and whether the company is enlisting the help of a placement service or employment agency to help you find a new position elsewhere. If not, take control yourself and find the nearest placement agency and fill out the application the minute you walk out of that office. My friends at Select Staffing (www.selectstaffing.com) have a simple online application and have helped many people find work in tough situations.

Now that you are officially unemployed, you will want to make sure you have several things in order. First off, health benefits. Many insurance companies will offer major medical insurance for a minimal monthly fee that can save you thousands if an emergency surgery were to be necessary. COBRA will be offered from your employer but often is outrageously expensive. Review and consolidate your bills. Any extra luxury items, such as premium cable and your weekly Chinese takeout, may need to be removed from the budget for awhile.

Finally, get out of your house. Sitting at home sulking about how you are no longer employed will not get you anywhere. Try to exercise daily, join volunteer groups, make it a point to explore at least one professional networking event each week. The more you meet and mingle, the more likely you are to meet someone needing just your talents.

Keep your chin up and you will be okay!

Readers, I’m sure “Fish” would love to hear your words of encouragement as well. If you’ve been through a similar situation, please tell us how you rebounded!

Best,

Anita

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Amelia
    Jun 12, 2012 @ 17:41:16

    Anita provides great advice as usual. I also agree with Anita to handle the “layoff” situation professionally because you never know, you may be called back. This happend to me a few years ago, I was layed off on a Friday and called back on Monday to fill another position. I agree it is a tough situation no doubt especially if this is your only source of income, but there’s also a light at the end of the tunnel just as Anita mentioned – very very true! I was layed off in 2008, I also didn’t see it coming, but it happened. I took other jobs that did not pay as much, but it kept me working and also enrolled back in college :) so I made the best of things, realized that this was a great time to return to school and obtain the Degree I always wanted, so it was tough financially but a blessing at the same time…. :)

    So hang in there, you may want to put your talents to work for you, you never know maybe this is happening to force you to “think outside the box” and many people are starting their own business now, it’s not a bad idea.

    Follow Anita’s advice and from personal experience “hang in there” things will get better in time…

    Amelia

    If you want tips on possible careers and education visit my website:
    undergraduate.weebly.com or my blog
    http://ameliarojas.blogspot.com

    Hope this helps!

    Also don’t forget to sign up right away with staffing agencys like Select, which may be able to put you to work on short assignments right away… :)

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  2. Lisa Kellingsworth
    Jun 12, 2012 @ 09:43:24

    Dear fish out of water,
    Treat your job search like a job. Update your resume, cover letter and reference list. Try craigslist.com. That’s where I got the most responses from. Good luck!
    Lisa

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  3. D.Williams
    Jun 12, 2012 @ 09:03:07

    Sorry too hear about your lay off but in the past 2 years I have worked only 5 months and wiht a college degree and many years of experience I just gave up. the temp agencies today will not call you you have to call them and go to their web sites now to look for jobs..you will see the sane jobs posted for months most are not real.As said above stay away from the COBRA plan the cost is way too much better off going direct to an insurance co. We are now waiting to see if my wife gets laid off also Albertsons is cutting 2500 jobs , seems there is no end this one and it si all OUR FAULT for years we all let DC get out of control and now we are all paying for all but the rich. Hope you find work but it is not easy and now so many places in Cal require yo to speak spanish no wondere so many are leaving like 1.2 million in 10 years ? lot of luck

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    Jun 12, 2012 @ 08:35:25

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