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Surviving a lay-off

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No job is forever; at some point you will be required to change jobs or even your career path. For some people, losing a job is almost like losing a family member, as bonds form over time when people work together. The transition can also be difficult when an individual’s identity revolves around their career; the toll can be emotionally and socially devastating. What’s important is how you handle the change. Here are a few suggestions:{{more}}

1. Do not dwell on the negative feelings or moments of disorientation. Acknowledge the feelings and take a few days to pull your thoughts together.

2. Ask about a severance package if you were laid off. Having a little financial cushion while you look for a job is critical.

3. Talk with your employer about a retraining programme. Some companies offer this as a part of the severance package and may pay for all or part of an education programme and help you find a new position.

4. If you plan to return to the job market, revisit your resumé. Does it accurately reflect your current skills and abilities? Are there skill sets you need to develop through a short-term course? Have the resumé reviewed by a trusted business associate in the field you are applying for, or a career advisor. Try not to use a friend, as it is hard to be an objective friend at times.

5. Call upon your network. Reach out to those professional and personal relationships you should have been cultivating throughout your career. If you have none, or they are weak, start networking NOW, but don’expect much initially.

6. Consider an industry change. Health care and construction are hot markets now, so begin to explore your options.

7. Cut back on spending and try to pay off as much debt as possible while you have an income. This is not the time to eat out. Pack a lunch from home and save your money. 

8. Surround yourself with positive people who will motivate and push you towards your career goals. It is easy to become isolated, and that is dangerous.

9. Stay active. Get up each day and keep a schedule, as your new job is finding a job.

10. If you feel secure in your job, this is the time to raise your profile and increase your savings as well, as nothing is guaranteed.

Karen Hinds is “The Workplace Success Expert.” For a FREE SPECIAL REPORT

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