Being laid-off and getting fired is not the same. Unfortunately, both concepts are mostly used interchangeably and that’s just wrong.
Lay-offs usually happen when the firm or organisation makes moves to cut down on internal costs or is in a terrible productive state.
On the other hand, getting fired comes after a couple of queries based on employee attitude to work, especially after breaking a lot of work rules. Now you know the difference, here are five (5) unique steps to take after being LAID-OFF.
1. Take Time to Rest
You probably didn’t see that coming but it is the first step to take after being retrenched from work. Being laid-off comes with certain mental health difficulties.
Most times it involves a feeling of inadequacy or hopelessness especially when that was the major source of income. Questions start popping in your head and you doubt your abilities.
In this case, you need to calm down(In Taylor Swift’s voice…LOL) and take a week to make up for those times you couldn’t get enough sleep due to work. Believe it or yes, self-care is therapeutic and necessary to take you to the next step.
2. Reflect and Review
“I took time off everything to think about the possible reasons for my retrenchment, went through my resume and requested for a duplicate of my work file to check why I was easily laid-off so I could improve upon them” (Mr Anderson Greene, Former Employee, SmileyDirect).
Just like Mr Anderson, a major step to take after being laid-off or retrenched is to go through your work experience files to figure out why you were selected for retrenchment.
Employers do not retrench staff that are a necessity and irreplaceable. So at your next job, you need to make yourself indispensable so you can maintain and keep that job.
3. Set Up Your Work Profile On Social Media
Some people know this but ignore it anyways while others do not know about the many work opportunities Social media provides.
Through Platforms like Linkedin, Upwork, Fiverr, etc many people get some sort of gainful employment. In some cases, these short-term jobs stretch for months or years.
Remember this: People are CONSTANTLY searching for people to do jobs for them. Take advantage of this platform-mate! Especially while you’re still applying for a full-time job.
4. Invest In Self Development
After being laid off, do not bury yourself in self-pity. I don’t mean to sound like everyone else but really it isn’t the end of the world, at least not yet.
You may not see this tip as anything but it is a MAJOR step to take after being retrenched. The higher the quality the greater the value.
Madame Grace Pierre, a retiree says, ” I didn’t see the importance of self-development in my workdays until I had my first child.
During my maternity leave, I would be tending to my child and my office would constantly put calls to my house to ask for guidance on certain official issues”.
It was then I realised my worth at work. See more
5. Apply and Apply
Don’t throw in the towel yet. Nope! In fact, it’s time for you to increase your efforts and apply more. After self-evaluation and review, in the constant process of self-development, you need to keep tabs on employment opportunities.
Hopefully, this was helpful. We’d love to know your issues and successes down below in the comment section. Thank You!