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Tips for dealing with a job layoff

Updated on September 20, 2012

The global economy has been rather uncertain ever since the global meltdown of 2008. Unemployment in Europe is at an all time high, and the US is still struggling to come back on its feet. Getting fired from your job can be an emotionally turbulent experience. All of a sudden, you find yourself with no regular income and loads of time to kill.

Your daily schedule is disturbed and you don’t know what to do about it. It gets worse if you have a family to support, since that means cutting down on the good things in life. However, like every other loss, there are ways to deal with layoffs effectively. Here are 5 tips that can help you deal with a job layoff:

Explore yourself

Consider the layoff as a blessing in disguise. Use this time to explore yourself. Learn a new skill that could add to your current portfolio. Of course, savings would be the first thing on your mind, but there is always a way around it. There are numerous courses on almost everything on the internet. Spend time searching on the web and be a self-taught person. An extra skill on your resume does not hurt.

Spend time networking

Don’t just sit there brooding about your bad luck. Use the time to get to know important people. Spend time networking online on platforms such as Linkedin. Join a group of entrepreneurs in your locality or a business group that could be useful. You never know who you might meet.

Explore ideas

A layoff isn’t particularly a great time. However, it can be a good time if you can start exploring ideas and looking for opportunities to be self employed. Don’t wait for somebody to hire you. Most of us have the skills to be self-employed, even in a weak economy. For example, if you have programming skills, you could always look for programming projects online. Sure, the money wouldn’t be too great for these projects, but at least you will have something coming in. Similarly, for people with designing skills, they can always contemplate having their own small creative agency. There are always people looking to get work done. You just have to explore beyond your boundaries.

Keep applying to new jobs

Just because you got fired from one job does not mean nobody needs you. Keep applying to new jobs every day. There would be someone who would be willing to hire you. Of course, it would take some time. But if you don’t do anything because you feel there are no jobs out there, it is going to take forever.

Remember, you are not alone

Don’t be too hard on yourself for getting fired. There could be numerous reasons for a layoff. The economy could be weak, you might not fit into an organization’s scheme of things, or you just could not fit into company’s culture. Layoffs happen all the time and you are not the only one. Remember, there will always be someone who is looking for an employee just like you.

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