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10 Things I Learned From My Layoff

10 Things I Learned From My Layoff

Get dressed for the day, even if you have nowhere to go

I didn’t think it would happen to me. As a news producer for a television network, I reported on unemployment numbers daily. I was detached. Analytical. Objective.

Then one day, without any prior warning, I was out of a job, and the subject of someone else’s news story.

It’s not that I thought I was immune, or somehow above it all. It’s just that, like so many other Americans, I was blindsided; tricked into believing my company was in good health, that my job was safe, and that I would somehow be protected from the global  economic meltdown. In hindsight, there was plenty of evidence to the contrary. I believed I was safe because I wanted to.  

Was I distraught? Sure. Resentful? Of course! But it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be.

And now, nearly five months later, I’m back to work. My days of wrestling with the unemployment office and spending far too much quality time with myself are over, at least for now.

But as I look back on my experiences as a “layoffee”, I can honestly say that I’m better off for having gone through them. Here are ten things I learned:

Unemployment is temporary
Being jobless is kind of like being a homesick study abroad student. You put off doing all the things you want to do because you feel like you’re going to be there forever. And besides, you’re just too busy moping to make any plans.

Get a grip. You will find a job – possibly a lot sooner than you imagined. When you do, you might have to start right away. And then it will be too late to go to the zoo at 2pm on a Tuesday.   

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