I Was Laid Off. Now What?

Being laid off is tough. Losing your job involuntarily can leave you with a ton of questions—what did you do wrong? What could you have done differently? Why did they choose you over someone else? It’s hard not to take it personally when you’re let go, but remember that generally, being laid off isn’t due…

I Was Laid Off. Now What?

Being laid off is tough. Losing your job involuntarily can leave you with a ton of questions—what did you do wrong? What could you have done differently? Why did they choose you over someone else? It’s hard not to take it personally when you’re let go, but remember that generally, being laid off isn’t due to poor performance. 
Here’s your guide to what you should do when you’ve been laid off and how to talk about it when you’re looking for a new job.
What’s the difference between being laid off and being fired?
Both “laid off” and “fired” mean involuntary termination from employment, but the difference is in why you were terminated.
If you’re fired, that means you lost your job because of something you did wrong. If you were laid off, that doesn’t necessarily mean you did anything wrong. Usually, employees are laid off due to a company’s financial problems, like needing to downsize its labor force or cut costs during an economic recession. 
What should I do immediately after being laid off?
Losing a job can sometimes feel like losing a part of your identity. Take some time to grieve and take some time to figure out what you want next. Try not to take it personally, and remember that this doesn’t necessarily reflect negatively on your behavior or performance as an employee. If the company gets back on its feet later, there
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