What to Do if Ever Laid Off?
Eight Tips to Bounce Back and End Up Stronger
Retail and online sales have continued increase and the unemployment rate has dropped, according to the Bureau of Labor statistics. Yet there were continued job losses across many industry sectors. However, not as many jobs lost as gained, especially in the retail and automotive markets.
Given this good news in recent reports, you can imagine why a layoff now or in the coming months, for many, could be immediately as or more emotionally challenging than during the past years of the economic downturn.
How can you prepare for the worst while hoping for the best? Being prepared for nearly any circumstance is the key to maintaining your good health.
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The first thing you should do after a layoff? Nothing. Take a day or two to regroup and collect your thoughts … but then get back into action.
Upon first losing your job, you can expect to experience an onslaught of emotions similar to the stages of grief. According to AARP, in fact, many people will feel (not necessarily in this order):
Fear and depression are also common, but ultimately you’ll move toward the feeling of acceptance, which is the mindset you need to be able to move onward and upward.
“The classic advice after a layoff is to avoid rushing into a new job and to take time evaluating your options,” Emily Hause, an assistant psychology professor of industrial psychology at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif., tells AARP. “But, given the economic climate and the magnitude of layoffs, you’ll want to get to Stage 5