LAID OFF–NOW WHAT?

We live in a time when corporate layoffs are common. Budgets are tighter, we have to do more with less and any form of waste must be filtered out in order to survive in today’s competitive market. Even if a person was expecting to be caught up in a reorganization, it’s still difficult. So what do you do? How do you get back on your feet and going again? Lets look at a few things that can help you get back on the road to your goals and dreams!

Get Going

Isolation is an enemy of motivation. Don’t sleep in; don’t watch television all day; don’t piddle your time away. Start doing something! If you have a nest egg still get busy. Volunteer at your church or community center. No nest egg? Even more reason not to be idle! Get out and get active!

Network

Get on LinkedIn, Facebook and Email. Start working your contacts; this is where you are going to most likely land a job. If you were part of a corporate layoff (or as they like to soften the blow by saying “restructuring), get together with others who were also laid off. Form a networking group where everyone can share contacts, jobs and other opportunities.

Job Searching is your Job

Start day one…get busy researching and making contacts. Get up out of the bed, shower and get dressed for the day. Do whatever it takes to get in a good positive mood. Start the day with some exercise (exercise reduces stress by the way).

Consider all Options

Don’t just look at careers that look like what you’ve been doing. Consider any and everything. This might be the opportunity you have been looking for to doing something brand new and refreshing. This could be a whole new start to a new beginning!

Start a Small Business

Before you say you don’t have the money to start a business, hang on! This might be easier than you might think. Can you cut grass? Clean a couple of homes? Do you have a hobby that produces a product that could be sold? Babysitting? House sitting? I think my point is made. Think outside the box of anything that could produce a little cash. Why? Well, the obvious…make some money and improve your tax deductions, but even more so…you can eliminate having a gap on your resume! You never know…you just might tap into a goldmine dream business!

The bottom line is not to go idle…get active to avoid depression and getting in a rut. The sooner you get going the sooner you’ll be on your new career journey experiencing exciting new days!

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