Ask Vicki: What immediate steps do you take to prepare for being laid off?
In this answer on Quora, Monster career expert Vicki Salemi says when it comes to impending layoffs, the sooner you start a job search, the better off you’ll be.
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Q. What immediate steps do you take to prepare for being laid off?
A. If you learn that your employer is going to lay you off soon—regardless of when it will happen—you must take immediate action. My suggestions: Create an account and post your resume on Monster. Then sign up for job alerts so opportunities are emailed directly to you.
You’re probably already aware how important it is to circulate your resume, apply to jobs, and network, and the sooner you get started, the better off you’ll be.
Job-searching aside, your next move is to go through your work-email inbox and save important files. The days will likely go by very quickly, and after that, you won’t have access to your presentations, reports, and other projects that can go in your portfolio of accomplishments. In addition, be sure to exchange contact info with co-workers and supervisors with whom you’ve had positive experiences at your job. (Get their personal email addresses, just in case more layoffs are in store.)
Getting laid off is certainly not fun; you may want to reach out to a counselor to deal with the emotional aspects of it. This is completely normal. You may be in denial and disbelief; you may feel angry and frustrated. Talking to a professional can help you work through those emotions so you can approach your job search with clarity and positivity.
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