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LAID-OFF - What do I do Now?

Updated on April 24, 2011

Never, Ever Give-Up

With the way the economy the way that it is these days the words "laid-off" or "pink-slipped" are some very common phrases that millions of Americans are hearing. These words can cause those same emotions individuals have when they say, "my whole life just flashed in front of my eyes" and I think we all know those are incidents where you think your whole world is coming to an end. It's a sense of failure, anger, depression and sadness. In this particular article I will not take lightly how devastating being laid-off can be but rather some motivation and hope that all is not lost and anyone can survive this.

The very first thing you should do is console the people that care about you. The people that don't care about the money you make, but rather the companion or friend you are to them. Take a few days to, in some cases, breathe ...what I mean is you are still alive, you may feel terrible and very depressed, but actually hearing yourself breathe will make you feel alive again. It's also at this point that you start to doubt yourself. Many people use their job as a way of defining themselves. It's natural to doubt your skills, your value to society, and your value to your family when you're laid off. Instead, view this situation as a normal part of a lifelong relationship with work. Like any relationship, it requires effort and tending, and still many don't last. This is the stage you must overcome before moving on to the next. Now remember, I said a few days not an hour or one night...don't rush it. Your health is the most important thing to work on in the first few days. Also know that these are all very common symptoms, even sleepless nights can happen, but once you regain your health you are ready for the next phase.

Now that you have all your ball-bearings back it's time to move on. And when I say move on I mean MOVE ON....think like this, "GET REAL! This was just a job. I'll get another". Everyone has done this and if they haven't then they are very lucky, but think of how many times you complained about your job. How many times have you said, "They can't do that to me, I'll quit" or to use the famous song written by Johnny Paycheck "take this job and shove it!" 

Take this as an opportunity to make some real progress with your life. In studies that have been conducted on people that have been laid-off, six-months from the day they were laid-off 85% of the people researched said they were happier in their new job than their old one. So rejoice...what you thought was a nightmare has really turned out to be a great opportunity for you that you would not have had unless you got pinked!

I'm not going to say that it's going to be easy and won't take some hard work and effort on your part, but you can overcome this and perhaps, just perhaps it will force you to use all your talents in a profession or career that you truly enjoy. How many people can honestly say I enjoy getting up and going to my job in the morning. statistics would say not many. Well here is your chance to find that job. I know..I still have your mortgage and lots of bills to pay. Take advantage of unemployment, it may not be as much as you use to make, but it should help and allow you to start looking. If anyone has a success story after being laid-off or is where they are now I encourage you to leave a comment so help show others that it is possible to survive this. I will leave you with a favorite quote of mine, "what doesn't kill you will only make you stronger ".


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      tshort23 6 years ago from Michigan

      Hi howcurecancer! It can be a very difficult time. But it all depends on how you view it. Take it as an opportunity.

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      Elena@LessIsHealthy 6 years ago

      I know how hard can be, my mom had such a terrible experience.