5 Secret Ways To Cope With Layoffs

We have all had times when everything seems to fall apart. We put our thinking caps on, and start pondering what went wrong and what caused the problem to begin with. It’s hard. It drains every ounce of energy out of our body, and we lie there frustrated, depressed, trying to find a way out while looking at the past. Layoffs are one of those times in life when everything you have worked so hard for seems to slide away. Financially, physically and mentally, layoffs can be quite stressful. But letting the past shape the present really isn’t the solution either. Let’s take a look at five simple ways we can make the most out of it and move on.

1. Keep Your Eyes On The Present

It’s done! Once a layoff has been confirmed and your job is snatched there is not much you can do. The company you have worked for – whether for months or years – is nothing but a past. A past that is hard to forget, but definitely a past that will hinder your progress and create problems in the present if you don’t let it go. Not to say that you won’t feel any pinch both financially or mentally. It’s natural to worry; to wonder about finances, but thinking about it each and every day won’t solve the problem either. It’s time to realize that the job you had lies in the past and it’s time to embrace the present and shape the future.

2. Don’t Dwell On Opportunities That Are No Longer There

How many of you dreamed of doing something else than what you were doing at the job you got laid off from? Although your childhood dream of becoming a scientist or a movie actor may not come true, there are other opportunities that most of us fail to realize. While holding a job we are so worried about losing the financial stability or the perks of the job, that we never venture out and seek other possibilities. Whether or not you had some good opportunities at the job you got laid off from is out of question. The job is gone and so are the job opportunities. They were opportunities that are now lost.

Do not ponder and stress over those opportunities. They are gone. Instead look for new possibilities. It’s time to fulfill your dreams of owning your own business; that opportunity that you have been seeking for years outside those cubicles. It’s time to set the rules for a different game.

3. Forget The Numbers, It Doesn’t Do Any Good

We are fighting against a bad economy and the job market is in dire need of support. News is constantly thrown upon us that gives us a peek into everything that is bad and nothing that is good. Job layoff numbers are one of those things. When you hear hundreds and thousands of people being laid off each week it’s hard to stop thinking about a problem that you are sharing with millions of others. But remember sometimes numbers are best ignored. Forget the layoff numbers, what matters at this point is you and nothing else.

Yes, there is a constant struggle to bring the economy back to life. Yes, there is a struggle to restore the job market. But forget the numbers for once ,and focus on yourself. Although the media sensationalizes the lack of jobs, there are plenty for deserving people like you. Stop thinking about the numbers and what is not out there. If there weren’t any jobs all the career sites would be dead by now. Stop looking at the number of jobs that have been lost and start looking at the numbers that are available. There isn’t much difference. The fact that we tend to pay more attention to negativity is what hurts the most.

4. Get Back To The Basics, Socialize

Networking is the holy grail when it comes to visibility. Whether you are seeking an online job as a freelancer, getting out into the real world as an entrepreneur, or simply looking for another job to pay the bills, networking pays. Get yourself out there. Interact, mingle and share your expertise. Show others your capabilities and socialize with like minded people. It is more likely you will be recommended by someone for a job that you are capable of doing. Online or offline, participate in communities. Communities can give you a huge boost in terms of visibility. If you want to broaden your opportunities it’s a must to be seen, to be heard. Get back to the basics and follow the rule that everyone touts – network, network, network.

5. Look At The Brighter Side Of Things

This is one of those things that falls under “easy to say, hard to apply” category. Although staying positive after a layoff could be challenging, it is one of those things that will help you stay focused. Take control of your thoughts and actions, and stay positive. If you truly want to stay positive after a layoff here is a quick tip : read the above four tips 😉

If you have been laid off recently, know for a fact that there is something better out there. It’s just a matter of putting the past behind and utilizing the present for a better future. There are plenty of opportunities ready for you to take on.

We know these simple layoff tips are the ones that most seem to ignore. If you think you can prove us wrong, lets carry the discussion in the comments section.