You may or may not be expecting it, but what happens when you’re laid off from your job? Hopefully, you’ll never have the experience, but it can happen to anyone. Even if the thought is disturbing to you, the way you handle it can impact your day-to-day life and your future job search. If you’ve been laid off and you’re wondering what happens now, consider how you can begin to move in the right direction with these tips.

Take time for yourself.

Being laid off is hard. And you will go through a lot of emotions when it happens. It’s okay, you don’t have to start right away. Take some time for yourself directly following a lay off to regroup and think about what you might like to happen next. Do something fun that you’ve been putting off because of work. You can renew your energy and be ready to face your new job search.

Update your resume.

If you’ve haven’t been keeping up with it along the way, now is the time to update your resume while information is still fresh in your mind. Add any new duties you’ve acquired and accomplishments you’ve made. You can make design choices and formatting choice, edit for spelling and grammar, and just give it a general make over.

Go over your finances.

It is also a good time to review your financial picture to make some adjustments or a plan. What do your savings look like? How long can you afford to be out of work as you continue to pay your bills and put money away? If you have a handle on your time frame, you can determine how long you can take to find a new job or if you need to accept temporary work in the meantime to help out.

Get in touch with your network.

Now is also a good time to get those feelers out to your extended network. If you’re on social media, let people know you’re looking for a job. Contact former employers or co-workers to see what they’re up to now and let them know you’re in the market. Go to industry events or seminars in your area to meet others.

Partner with a staffing agency.

You should also apply with a local healthcare staffing agency to expand your search. The recruiters have access to resources you may not see, including client relationships and the ability to sell your skills to a potential employer. A staffing agency can also help you with short term work while they continue to look for a long term job that is suited for you.

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