10 Things to Do the Day After You’re Laid Off

From an online article in U.S. News and World Reports by Karen Burns:

1. Get up early, and exercise. Run, walk, ride your bike, dance to a video. Move your body. Sweat.

2. Shower. Wash hair. Put on makeup if you wear makeup. Put on your favorite outfit. Eat a healthful and tasty breakfast.

3. Write a thank-you note to your former boss. Also to the people you worked with. It’s classy. Plus, they will be more likely to remember you if they hear of any other opportunities (so include your contact info).

4. Take a good, honest look at your financial situation. Identify where you can immediately cut back on expenses—even if in a symbolic way only. You’ll feel more in control.

5. Allow yourself to grieve. A job loss is like a death. Mourning is a normal, healthy reaction. Just don’t let it be your only reaction.

6. Talk with someone smart and upbeat who makes you feel good about yourself.

7. Write out a plan of action. List the things you need to do (e.g., file for unemployment, gather references) in the order in which you need to do them.

8. Perfect your résumé. If you need help, remember that the library has, free, many books that will offer it.

9. Make a list of all your contacts: anyone/everyone who could possibly lead you to a new job.

10. Reflect. If you’ve been yearning to change careers, now’s a great time. Start researching. Dive in.

So how many of you laughed at #3?  Take a look at the comments in the article and you’ll see an “alternate list.” 

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2 Responses to “10 Things to Do the Day After You’re Laid Off”


  1. 1 Hellboy 23 October 2008 at 2:41 pm

    1. Sleep until noon (the day will go by faster).

    2. No need to shower today. Have some doughnuts for breakfast (they will also suffice for dinner). Skip coffee, it will only make you more alert (which is now a bad state).

    3. Send shameless emails to former colleagues begging for work.

    4. Have a glass of wine, or some of that 16 year old single malt you were saving for a special occasion. Have another. Consider how long your meager savings will hold out. Take a nap.

    5. Embrace your depression. Wallow in it. You’re jobless in “the worst economy since the Revolutionary War.”

    6. Absolutely do not talk with someone smart and upbeat who makes you feel good about yourself. You’ll just hate them.

    7. Write out a plan of action. Tear it up. List the things you need to do (e.g., file for unemployment, gather references) in the order in which you need to do them. You’ll do them “tomorrow”.

    8. Perfect your résumé, e.g., change “current” to 9/08. If you need help, remember that the library has, free, many books that will offer it. The library is also a good place to sit on your ass and look at books you can no longer afford to buy. Kill some time.

    9. Make a list of all your contacts: anyone/everyone who could possibly lead you to a new job. (See 3, supra)

    10. Lie in bed and reflect. If you’ve been yearning to change careers, consider how you are completely unqualified and will have to start at the bottom.

  2. 2 Derner 26 October 2008 at 8:13 am

    It’s somehow comforting to know that we are not alone in this.

    Today’s New York Times article, Spending Stalls and Businesses Slash U.S. Jobs, makes me feel like part of something bigger than just the Heller tragedy.

    I can’t help but think of Henry’s speech before the battle of Agincourt, and imagine that someday I’ll also get to strip my sleeve and show the scars I earned on this day. Or at least I’ll get to wear a t-shirt emblazoned with, “I survived losing my job in the Depression of ’08.”

    Misery loves company, no doubt.


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