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How to Handle Getting Laid Off


You get up every day and think about the tasks you need to complete when you get to work. You feel overwhelmed at work, but you know it’s good to have a job that pays the bills. Then, you arrive at work, and your boss calls you and several other coworkers into a conference room.

A Human Resources person is at the meeting, too. Then, your boss gives all of you the news that you are losing your jobs.

Being dismissed from work is never easy.

Your first thoughts are how are you going to pay the bills? Do you have enough money to cover your expenses for the next several months? It’s not as easy as it used to be to find a new job. Even when you find something, companies take several months before you end up starting with them.

The first step is not to panic. Losing your job is an adverse situation. However, it is not the end of the world. You will find something eventually. Besides, you can always start up a business online. It’s never been easier or cheaper to get something going. Of course, that doesn’t mean it is easy to make money when you take that route. It still takes work.

Don’t focus on what happened.

Instead, focus on how you are going to rectify the situation. That puts your energy in the right place. Further, you will have less of a chance of gaps in your employment history.

There may be some good things about getting fired. Some people take drugs and alcohol after being fired, and that’s something you need to avoid. It’s easy to get hooked, and once you do, it is challenging to overcome the situation. It could lead to you postponing your search for your job. Worse, you will likely alienate your family and friends. Contrary to popular belief, alcohol is a depressant. If you are down about your situation, it will further drag you down.

Try to cut back on spending.

It’s easy to rack up credit card balances which will become harder to pay when those balances reach unmanageable levels. Hopefully, you have saved some money for emergencies. If so, use this money instead of hitting up the credit.

If you find yourself strapped for cash, make sure you pay your mortgage or rent before any other payment. You don’t want the bank hounding you down and eventually foreclosing on your property. You can negotiate the payment terms on other bills.

See also:

Appreciating who you are
Support groups can make a difference
Women succeeding in business

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