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Layoff, What To Do

Updated on November 27, 2013

Layoff, What To Do


Things You’ll Need

During hard economic times fear of the future can take over. Then it happens: You are without a job. You feel helpless, frustrated, and under a dark cloud. What can you do?

Things You’ll Need

  • Positive attitude
  • Family support
  • Good Friends
  • Lots of ideas

Layoff, What To Do



Have a positive attitude. Negativity will only weight you down and make it harder to get back up. Look for your assets. Talk to family and friends. Don't hide. If others know your situation they will often find things that they are willing to pay you to do, like yard work.

Do not ignore bills. Even before you miss a payment, talk to your creditors. They most likely will work with you until you get back on track.

Be realistic about your situation. Don't be to embarrassed to take advantage of things your last job owes you--like unemployment assistance and severance pay.

Apply for any government assistance that you qualify for.

Eliminate unnecessary expenses: cigarettes, alcohol, coffee, restaurants, cable TV, phone if you have more than one.

Grow your own vegetables, buy food on sale, freeze and can whatever you can.

Down-size your home.

Take time to re-think yourself. This may be the time to explore new skills and employment options.

Spend more time with the family. Do some house repairs yourself. This will keep your mind off the stress of finding a new job.

Layoff, What To Do


Layoff, What To Do

Layoff, What To Do

Create a job

Create a job

  • Washing and Waxing Cars
  • Washing Windows
  • Cleaning stores,offices,homes, apartments after construction, after fires, and after people move out
  • Delivering Newspapers, ads, bills for municipalities
  • Shoveling Snow
  • Do Lawn work, tree trimming, lawn care, woodcutting
  • Baby-Sitting/House-Sitting/Pet-Sitting
  • Mending or Ironing Clothes
  • Growing Fruit and Vegetables and Selling Them
  • Doing Typing and Word Processing
  • Make Deliveries
  • Teach Music or any Special Skill you may have
  • Write for eHow or bukisa
  • Computer Services, bookkeeping, typing
  • Upholstering
  • Hairdressing
  • Handyman repairs; siding houses, building cabinets, doors porches, painting, fencing, and roofing
  • Taking Boarders
  • Cleaning Houses
  • Moving Helper
  • Vending
  • Repairs:( Using How to books) bicycles, appliances of all kinds
  • Interior landscaping and plant care at: offices, banks, lobbies, shopping plazas, and atriums
  • property management: Janitor, superintendent( at times this includes free living quarters)
  • Carpet and laminate wood floor installation, cleaning
  • School-bus driver
  • Photography
  • Selling bait to fishermen
  • Swap work: barter car repairs for electrical work, sewing for plumbing
  • Telephone answering services ( Example Liveops)
  • Pet grooming and exercising
  • Lock repair and key making


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    • Codebreak profile imageAUTHOR

      Gwendolyne Black 

      5 years ago from Erwin, TN

      Yes, instead of crying for your lost you maybe surprise on your gain. Thanks! for your comments.

    • denise.w.anderson profile image

      Denise W Anderson 

      5 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      There are so many reasons these days that a person can be without employment suddenly. It is not an easy situation, and you have given some great insights, especially the part about re-thinking your goals and objectives, and taking inventory of the skills you have. That can be a great help, and something unexpected might come along. I know, it did for me!

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      JP Carlos 

      5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Getting laid off from work can be devastating. But in spite of that, having a positive mindset will be beneficial. I like the fact that you put having lots of ideas as part of the action plan. the more ideas you have, the easier you can get another job. Sometimes, getting laid off from work can open new doors. Who knows, one might find the perfect job afterwards.


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