According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, some 1.5 million Americans are laid off every year. No matter how common layoffs are, they’re not easy for anyone. You’ll likely experience feelings of grief, disappointment and stress.
The first thing you should do is take a few days to deal with the loss of your job on an emotional level. Once you’ve accepted the reality of the situation, it’s time to start thinking about next steps. Reaching out to your network, updating your resume and working with a recruiter are excellent ways to climb on the job hunt horse.
In the face of a layoff, it’s also helpful to take time to recognize your accomplishments and strengths. This way you won’t regard the job loss as a failure so much as an opportunity to position yourself as an asset to a new company.