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Written by Robert Shindell   
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Coping With Job Layoff
Try Not to Panic
Don't Spread Rumors
Don't Burn Bridges
Don't Lose Control
Drive Carefully
Talk to your Spouse or Family Members
Have an Ongoing Strategy
Prepare Yourself For the Job Search
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When you lose your job or learn that you are about to lose your job, you may experience a wide range of emotions. The reaction to this news can include sadness, anger, fear, numbness, and shame. Experiencing these emotions is normal.

Job loss, like any loss, means letting go of something valuable. Job loss is considered a major life event not unlike the death of a loved one, divorce, or serious injury. It's painful, shocking, and depressing. Don't be surprised if you go through all five stages of grief as defined by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, author of On Death and Dying:

  1. Denial (this isn't happening to me!)
  2. Anger (why is this happening to me?)
  3. Bargaining (I promise I'll be a better person if...)
  4. Depression (I don't care anymore)
  5. Acceptance (I'm ready for whatever comes)

Here are some immediate steps to take...

 



 

Coping With Job Layoff

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