You are Twenty-Something and Got Laid Off. Now What?

Posted on January 20, 2016

We all go through hardships with our first, second, and third job – but what happens if you get laid off later in your career? It’s easy to look at someone (even a friend) who gets laid off and say what you can to make them feel better but at the end of the day – when it’s YOU – it’s different. When you’ve worked at a company for over a year and you are comfortable there, your friends/co-workers are there, you have made your life there – what do you do? How do you deal with being let go? How do you re-charge and re-motivate? Here are my thoughts and tips:

  1. First, you must deal with it. Being laid off isn’t fun – regardless of how much you hate your job – it’s not the way anyone wants to leave. The first step is just getting passed it, letting yourself feel through the rejection, and giving yourself a few days to complain about it and mope around. But you don’t get too long to do this – take a few days – and then it’s time to start fresh and pound the pavement.
  2. Think about your best move and not your fastest move. The goal here isn’t to land the first paycheck you spot but rather to find the job that’s right for you. Use this freedom as an opportunity to re-evaluate your personal goals and really think about the next best move for you.
  3. Self-evaluate. What did you like about your job? What did you hate about your job? What kind of job or company gets you the most excited? What kind of job would inspire you the most? Write down this information and use it to clue you in for your next opportunity.
  4. Your new job is to get a job. I talk about this in another post (here). Your new job really is to get a new job. I encourage you to put together a schedule for yourself. Wake up, take a shower, get dressed – just as if you are going to work. Make yourself report to a local cafe or coffee shop where you can zone into your work. Concentrate for at least 6-8 hours per day on things you can be doing to help your job situation.
  5. Think outside of the box. You can only spend so much time each day applying for jobs on Monster.com. You must force yourself to think outside of the box. Go through all of your contacts. Are there certain people you should meet with? Are there networking or professional organization events that you should be attending?
  6. Don’t be afraid to ask For help. Don’t be ashamed of your situation and don’t be too proud to ask a friend for help. Sometimes our friends can be more helpful than we think. We are used to going to them for social plans but if they work in a relevant field or have contacts that could be good for you to connect with – don’t be afraid to reach out. Friends are SUPPOSED to be there when you are in need.

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5 comments
flarengitis
flarengitis

As someone who was laid off recently, at 24, finding your site has been very helpful in remotivating myself!

Lilynnx
Lilynnx

I always believe that no matter that happens that a person should keep moving forward. Also, don't ever take getting laid off too personally. Maybe the business is not doing well economically and getting laid off just means that you can do better else where. 

mallorygold
mallorygold

I love all of this advice! Especially reaching out and asking for help.. We have this great network and you never know who your friends might have connections to! I've applied many of these tips when I was looking for a new job too!

knsteven
knsteven

Did you write this for me? Seriously!