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Bouncing Back After Being Laid Off

Bouncing Back After Being Laid Off

By Roberta Chinsky Matuson, Monster Contributing Writer

You’ve just received the awful news: Effective today, your services are no longer needed. You know you’re not alone, but somehow that doesn’t make you feel any better. Your mind tells you to put together your resume right away, but your body won’t move. Here are some tips to help get your mind and body working together.

Grieving Time

Before you bounce into job-search mode, take some time to grieve. There’s no denying your loss. And while you may be thinking your employer will call you back on Monday, it’s highly unlikely. So go ahead and mourn, and then prepare yourself for the new life ahead of you.

No More Excuses

It can be easy to use work as an excuse for not being in great shape. After all, who has the time or energy for the gym after working a 12-hour day? Well, you’ve lost that excuse. And with the tightening of the economy, job searches are taking longer, so you will need to be in good physical shape to go the distance.

Now don’t plunk down your severance pay to join a gym, but it’s worth scheduling time for a run or a walk. If you exercise in the morning, you will be pumped up for the day.

If you have a buddy who is in the same situation, suggest he join you. Your friend might provide just the motivation you need to get out of bed on those days when you would rather hide under the covers.