|Avoid 3 critical mistakes after a layoff.|
Getting laid off from a job may bring shock, stress, worry, confusion, anger, and many other emotions. But don’t let these feelings get in the way being proactive on important issues after a job loss. When people are laid off, they often neglect the following three key actions:
- They don’t apply for unemployment insurance with their state. One study I read said that half the people eligible for unemployment insurance after a layoff don’t claim it. While I’m sure some individuals think they don't qualify, others may not want to deal with the red tape or the required job search reporting. Perhaps others feel it’s a handout. But your past employer paid into the unemployment insurance system, and it’s designed to help you survive financially until you find a new job. I recommend that you apply for unemployment insurance with your state immediately after a layoff. If your unemployment drags on, your finances will start to drain, creating even more stress for you.
- They wait too long to start looking for a job. Laid-off workers sometimes feel they need a break from working. But the effects of waiting before starting a job hunt are many: skills atrophy, self-image and motivation diminish, energy wanes, networks fade away, and employer interest vanishes. So take a breath, and then launch into an active job search without delay.
- They sit at the computer all day. Applying for jobs online may feel like an accomplishment. But hitting submit on an online application usually results in absolutely nothing. So it’s important to network, to seek people who can refer you to employers, to research new and growing employers, to get involved in trade associations, to call on employers who need your skills, and to keep up your skills. In other words, don't sit at the computer applying for job after job online, which is a very passive way to search for work.
If you take action after your layoff and avoid the three common mistakes, you’ll soon be on the road to reemployment.
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