When Your Job is Threatened
Be proactive and prepare:
- Research other potential job opportunities, you may have to switch careers.
- Update your resume and review your career and education experiences.
- Start networking, get recommendations, connect with former coworkers and supervisors.
- Learn more and improve your skills through online classes and additional training.
Things to Do During Layoffs
- Leverage any support system. Check with your state or local government for any available resources, or ask your Human Resources Manager for access to an Employee Assistance Program.
- Don’t be embarrassed. People in similar situations understand the job market, times are tough and it’s not your fault.
- Time is your friend. Make sure to apply all of the unemployment benefits you qualify for on time.
- Stay connected. Utilize social media, attending seminars and job fairs.
Surviving a Layoff
- Look for a new job. Finding a new job should be your priority, and it takes time. Tap your own networks, reach out to recruiters and attend networking events.
- Health matters. A layoff can be an emotional and stressful experience. Eat healthy and get plenty of rest.
- Maintain your skills. If you have the financial resources, take a course in or focus on a skill you’ll use in the future.
- Don’t give up. No matter how hard it gets, there are always new opportunities that can be taken advantage of.
Finding yourself in a situation where your job has been threatened can be scary and overwhelming, but with the right attitude and preparation, you can overcome it. Take the time to research possible solutions, update your profile and start networking, and remember that health and emotional wellbeing are important during this stressful time. Finally, don’t give up and stay positive, new opportunities may arise to replace the job you just lost.