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How to manage being laid off or fired.

So, the worst happened. You’ve been laid off, or you’ve been fired, but either way you no longer hold a job and suddenly find yourself with a lot of free time to think and get worried. Don’t.

This is a period of growth. You’ll learn so much from it that it will change your perspective.

While this is a difficult time, it’s your choice to make what you want of it, so don’t make it miserable, follow this guide.

Brush up on your skills

As I’ve said before, there’s tons of ways you can learn for free online; LinkedIn Learning, Google, Coursera, etc… the options are endless.

Take some time out of your day to learn something new, as the industry is constantly changing.

Take some time for yourself

Exercise. Eat healthily, try to get some sleep. Focusing on these things will help you stay on track with the rest of your objectives.

Catch up with friends and family

They are your support system. You need to have them close as they will reassure you and make you feel better about the situation.

As it happens both me and my friend have been laid off at the same time, and it has strengthened our relationship.

Work on your personal brand

As I’ve stated in another blog post, your personal brand may very well be the bridge between you and your next employer.

Think about what makes you unique and try to communicate that as much as you can through as many channels as you can.

Start a job hunt

By this I mean scour the internet. Network. Don’t wait for your ideal job to be posted online, as most times this will not happen. Dedicate a few hours a day to this, as your new job is looking for a job.

I wish you the best of luck in your journey and I hope you can find the job of your dreams. Remember, this is a temporary state.

Do you have any other insights to share? Let me know in the comments.