You’ve just been laid off…and are feeling lost, angry, upset…don’t panic. Here are some steps to take.

1) Take care of your emotional needs: Take time to mourn the loss of the job, the office, the co-workers. But don’t take too long. A week or two is plenty of time. Don’t go away for three weeks or a month and say you’ll start looking when you get back.
2) Take care of your financial needs:. Make sure you file for unemployment insurance. Create a budget – If you have not saved enough for 6 to 10 months of expenses, you will have to take close look at your budget, your fixed expenses such as rent and utilities, and cut back on wants or luxury items.
3) Take stock of your human capital: Assess your strengths and weaknesses – what are you good at? What do you like to do? What successes did you have on the job?
4) Brand yourself – pitch, cover letter and resume. Let them reflect the best skills you have to offer and your accomplishments that distinguish you from the rest of the pack.
5) Get professional help…whether it is a job coach, a therapist, or a life coach. You need someone to lean on, learn from, and help launch yourself during this difficult period.

Don’t forget to take care of yourself…get some exercise. Go for a walk, meet your friends, eat your favorite dessert (just not every day) and treat yourself to a massage or haircut or a movie.

FREE workshop Friday August 17 12-1:30 at SIBL, 188 Madison Avenue on “Finding the HIdden Job Market”.
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