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Being laid off is seldom easy and can elicit a host of unsavory responses. But unfortunately, it’s a reality that many people will experience at some point in time. According to the Five O’clock Club, “the average job lasts only 4.5 years, and many employees will have to go through this passage at least once or twice.” That’s why it’s so important to have a plan in place in the event that you’re laid off. Here are some tips on how to respond while keeping the upcoming job hunt in mind.

Take a Deep Breath

The initial blow can be overwhelming, and people respond in many different ways. Some commonly felt emotions include surprise, anger, confusion and disappointment. In all honesty, it’s going to take a while to digest everything, so you don’t want to erupt in a fit of rage or explode into tears and make yourself look bad. The best thing to do is to take a deep breath and try to gather yourself so you behave like a professional. Once the initial shock wears off, you can think more objectively. 

Store Your Contacts 

Odds are you’ve made some connections during your employment. After being laid off is the perfect time to gather any contacts that could be of value and save them. Once the dust has settled, you can use those contacts to your advantage, and they could potentially lead to a new position that’s better than your last one. Be sure to save each person’s name, phone number and email so you can go through your contact list later on.

Get the Details, and Ask For Feedback

Employers fire their employees for a variety of reasons. Many times it’s nothing in particular that you did – they simply needed to downsize, or you just weren’t the right fit for their company culture. That’s why you should ask your employer for the specific reason why you’re being laid off and for any other feedback they may have.

If it’s because of an unsatisfactory job performance, you can use the details to identify areas you need to improve in, which can benefit you later on. If it’s simply because of downsizing, you can point this out during a future interview to increase your odds of getting hired. Basically, you should use this information to turn a negative into a positive.

Have a Plan of Action

Finally, you should have a game plan to make the most of the situation and get yourself back on track as quickly as possible. An article from Yale Law School points out that you should do the following:

  1. Ask how long you may remain in your current position, given the employer’s situation.
  2. Ask the employer about any severance pay, accrued vacation and sick pay.
  3. Request information on continuation of health and life insurance benefits.
  4. Inquire about outplacement resources.

These techniques may buy you some time so you can find another position and can potentially help you capitalize on some benefits.

Taking the right approach to being laid off can minimize the setback and leave you in the best possible position for the future. If you’ve been laid off and are seeking new employment, please contact the staffing experts at PrideStaff Fort Worth today to see how we can help.

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