A change in attitude toward you and/or other workers
Expense reductions such as hiring freezes or reduced overtime
Layoffs among competing organizations
Suppliers, clients, and/or customers taking their business elsewhere
Speak with your HR department about a possible transfer
Talk to your family and let them know what may be coming
Assess your finances
Keep a positive attitude and show you are valuable to the company
Update your resume
Research opportunities with other companies
Determine if your employer will provide any assistance such as a severance package
Think about using your benefits while you still have them
Collect personal information, performance reviews, documents to take with you, etc.
Network, network, network
How to Respond
Don’t burn bridges
Get letters of recommendation from your supervisor(s)
Discuss the following with your HR department: vacation and sick time remaining, continuing health coverage with COBRA insurance, understanding and rolling over your 401(k) or pension plan
Examine your circumstances...this may be a great time for a career change!
Explain your situation to family and friends
Remember this is not a reflection of your talents or abilities
Stay active with hobbies and interests
Stay on a "work schedule" and get back on the job market
Think about additional training
So you got laid off...NOW WHAT?
You’ve done your best to prepare, or maybe there were no signs until one day you were handed that pink slip. Now what? Remember that people are usually laid off because they were in the wrong workplace at the wrong time and it is an unfortunate circumstance. Try not to take it personally and open yourself to the idea that this could be a great opportunity for you to change career paths, go back to school, or find a new corporate culture to love. Here you will find a number of career resources to help with your job hunt and information on assistance to weather the storm.