Getting fired, unfortunately, can happen to the best of us. It might not even be your fault, there could have been a personality conflict between yourself and your supervisor. or maybe You just simply screwed up. It happens. You’re not alone. your situation isn’t unique. The unemployment rate is better than it has been in the last three years, but some companies are still downsizing. If you’re handed a pink slip, take a second to spazz in private and then make these moves to cover your butt.

Ask for Severance Pay 

Usually, when you get laid off, it is not because of anything you did or did not do; it is because the company just can’t afford to hold onto you anymore. So, capitalize on that. If your company doesn’t automatically offer severance pay, ask for it. According to executive coach Marc Dorio, author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Career Advancement, most companies will agree to pay you one week of your full salary for every year you’ve worked for them. So, if you worked there for five years, you should get five weeks of pay.

Get a Recommendation

Before you leave the office, ask your boss if you can use her as a reference in the future. Even though you’ll probably be pissed/confused/floored, it’s important to do it when you’re face-to-face, since emails can get lost in the shuffle.


Once you’ve had a moment to process what just went down, email everyone you have a good relationship within your field to clue them in on your situation. And don’t feel weird about it. So many millions of people have been laid off in the past three years, It’s not uncommon. You could just simply say, “Due to a reduction of staff, as of now, I’m no longer with my company. I’ll be reaching out to you later for advice as I begin my job search, but in the meantime, please keep me in mind for any future opportunities!

Take a Break

Yes, it’s a total disaster you didn’t see coming, but take a break to think about what you want to do next. Do you want to stick with the same kind of job or do something totally different? Or maybe go back to school? Don’t jump too fast into a new job, People tend to get panicky during this time and make bad decisions. Of course, you may need a new income in order to make rent. Keep in mind that there’s nothing wrong with taking up lower jobs as babysitting, or house-cleaning. Plenty of people make a good living doing these jobs and, if it’s not your favorite job ever, at least it’s temporary.

If you are have just been laid off, it is time to figure out what you want to do, find a way to do it, and bring tons of value to the table. Nobody is coming to the rescue, so you must build your own ship and take control of your life. Laying you off was their choice. What you do after that is yours. If you do it right, becoming unemployed can be the best thing that ever happened to you. They chose, now you choose!

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