5 Things to Do After Getting Laid-Off

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Amid mass lay-offs at companies like Twitter or Meta, getting fired has become commonplace for professionals. It’s very easy to lose sight when you’re in panic mode. If you get laid off, take a breath and do these five things.  

Get into a Good Headspace 

Taking about 24 hours for self-care activities like yoga or cooking can help ease the mind in a moment of uncertainty. Prioritizing your mental health will ensure that you’re focused enough when you start the job search, writes Marlo Lyons for Harvard Business Review.  

List Your Accomplishments  

Remember times that you accomplished something and write them down. This gives you an better understanding of your skills and what you have to offer.  

Have an Idea of What You Want  

A clear vision of the kind of company you want to work for will make the job search process smoother. Keep your values in mind.  

Create a Schedule  

Looking for a job is a lot of work and can be its own job in and of itself. But having a structure will help you get into the groove. Set a chunk of time aside for networking, another for job-searching and another for re-drafting your resume.  

Find Jobs That Look Interesting Before Applying  

Job boards and professional association sites can give you an idea of what’s out there. Print out the job description and highlight keywords that stand out to you, so you can know what you’re looking for and how it matches up to your experience.  

Read more about how to deal with being laid-off on Harvard Business Review.  


Youtuber A Life After Layoff gives more advice on what to do when your company lets you go.

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