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Top 5 Things to Do After a Layoff

Top 5 Things to Do After a Layoff

Christine / Monster Blogger

December 18, 2008

About eight years ago, I was laid off. Since I worked in downtown Boston and had to clean out my desk, I decided to take a cab home rather than lug my belongings on the train. I remember sitting in the back of the cab wondering what to do next.

And with another friend or relative losing their job (and asking me to keep my eyes and ears open for leads) seemingly happening weekly, a lot of people are feeling a similar pit in their stomachs. In recent weeks major layoffs have gone down at blue-chip companies like AT&T, Citibank and State Street Bank, as well as smaller firms. So I’ve compiled this list of the top five things to do after you lose your job. Hopefully you won’t have to use it, but it’s best to be prepared:

Take Time to Mourn: Getting laid off is like getting dumped. You feel rejected and maybe even worthless. Indulge your sad side with a day in bed, a pint of ice cream and/or all the daytime TV you can handle.

Get Moving: OK, pity party’s over. Time to take care of yourself. When I was between jobs a few years ago, I started each day with a brisk walk. Did it get me a new job? No, but it helped me feel like I was in control of something at a time where everything felt out of control. Plus, it’s good for you.

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