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Coping With Job Layoff

Coping With Job Layoff

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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
Ask for Help
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6. Talk to your spouse and family members.

Your immediate family is your closest support system. They need to know about your job loss from you. While it may be very difficult to tell them, you must do it as soon as you can. Reassure them by explaining what happened. Tell them about your severance package, unemployment benefits, career transition services and other resources that will help you and your family get through the next few weeks. If you have school-age children, share the news with them in a positive light. Let them know that you're going to find another job and keep them informed or your progress. They are directly affected and, in some cases, it might be wise to let their school counselor know that your family is experiencing a transition. Remember, your family members may experience some of the same emotions that you have: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance. If they do, it's a good idea to either get some counseling for them or take them to counseling with you.

The strength of your support network is so very important!



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