Coping With Layoffs

December 23, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Two words you don't want to hear at work, "you're fired" The phrase made famous by Donald Trump in the Apprentice is now ringing in the ears of hundreds of thousands of Americans being laid off in recent months.

People who are laid-off because of the tough economy are finding it even tougher to get into a tight job market. The national unemployment rate is the highest it's been in five years. And it's difficult to deal with the blow when an employee hears the bad news.

But there are ways to make a graceful exit when you get let go. Career advisors say, keep your anger and disappointment in check and instead position yourself for the future. Leaving on the best terms possible could also get you a letter of recommendation to use for your job hunt and career advisors say now is time to bone up on new skills.

It's also helpful to seek out career centers in your neighborhood and even on-line networks to expand your search. Career advisors say the stigma that was once attached to being fired, is now pretty much non-existent.



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