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Readers Respond: Best Advice to Recover From Layoffs

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A layoff hurts your self-esteem and income. But some working moms manage to turn a layoff into a career opportunity. Please share the best advice you've heard, received or given for recovering from a layoff.

Take time to refresh

I agree with Ironstone. It is ok to take some time to detox from the sting of a layoff. Then, take the opportunity to update your resume. You may be surprised by all the things you really know. I just jotted down things I did at each job on a scrap paper. Then, I organized it and updated my resume. I, also, learned from the last layoff to constantly update my resume while working-this is helping now that I am laid off again. The last time I was laid off I kept a spreadsheet of positions. I even went with temp services. I found employment within a week. Then, permanent employment within a few months. I had to call the temp services though as they do not call the job seeker. Also, I made it clear I was willing to work outside of my field (accounting). So, I did some data entry, Excel spreadsheets, & folding boxes. I had enough to pay my mortgage. Later I saved money while in the perm position. I am better prepared this time. And I will be done with school soon. Good luck to everyone!
—Guest Guest Been Here and Back Again

Don't Just Stop

It's OK to take a little time to decompress. But, some layoffs last a long time, especially during the current recession where jobs are few and far between. It's important to stay sharp. Do some volunteer work. Share your skills even if you must give them away. There is always much need. This will also help you make new contacts and learn new skills and the experience looks good on a resume thus increasing the odds of finding employment. You are also much less likely to get depressed if you are busy.
—Guest Rob

Take a chance

Losing a job bites, no doubt about it. But take the chance you've been given to explore what you really wanted to do with your life. If you had the perfect job, search for another like it. But if you really weren't happy to get up and go to work each day, think about what you really want to do and give that a try instead. Attitude can really change your perspective.
—Guest Suzi

Back to School

After my husband lost his job in 2003 I went back to work and he went back to school. School helped him to stay focused and feel like he was doing something. Though he continued to apply for jobs nothing opened up. He went into a more stable profession and began working again as soon as he graduated. Now we feel safe that our jobs will remain intact despite the poor economy.
—khayesrn

Consider the Opportunity

When I was laid off, I was nervous about losing my job, but I was also a little bit glad. I would never have quit my job because I liked the paycheck and insurance benefits. But, I hated the job. The lay-off gave me the opportunity to explore other options. (Although it was nerve-wracking to go without insurance for a year!)
—Guest Connie G.

Make It A Step Up

It may feel scary to be laid off, but every 'setback' can become an 'opportunity' in one way or another. If you take some time to search your soul and thing of things you would love doing, you may be able to broaden your options and find a job you like even more! Just stay positive and hopeful, network like crazy, and see what your next step turns out to be. (This has always worked for me and my husband; we've both been there!)
—Guest Elizabeth

Go to Therapy

If you are, have been or should be under the care of a therapist, do not stop attending to your appointments. Keep your health insurance up to date and maintain healthy thoughts, routines and keep your dreams alive.
—MRBINNYC

Take some time to decompress

When I was laid off back when the tech bubble burst in 2001, it was Q4, so I took an inexpensive trip, using my frequent flier miles, and traveled for 3 weeks. By the time I got home, I was rested and ready to focus on finding employment. I found comfort in spending time with other people who were in the same situation, and spent the time I would have been at work, making sure to make phone calls and keep track of all of the activities I did every day. I kept a spreadsheet of all of the positions I applied for. I found a job within a month. Good luck to everybody.
—Guest ironstone

Mechanic

I have Automotive and Bus coach repair certificates. I've worked in this field more than 15 years. If I can't go back to the same trade I'd like to try to work on the automotive related work. I'm from Toronto, Canada.
—rugoing

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