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  1. 🛑 Stop. 😮‍💨 Breathe. 🔥 You’re alive. You’ll figure this out, just like you’ve figured every other thing out up until now. There’s a reason why humanity hasn’t gone extinct since the beginning of time. Relax for a few days. Especially relax your mind and enjoy your time off.

  2. Get on your finances and figure them out. You need to find out how much severance you’ll receive and if there’s any other benefits you may receive and for how long. How many months can you take to find a new job? Get in touch with HR if you believe anything is missing or need clarification for something. Ask HR if you could get reimbursed for any career preparation tools and services.

  3. Update your resume, LinkedIn, and other websites you can find a job.

  4. Create a list of companies to target and apply to. Order them by preference and use the lowest ones for practice interviews. Reach out to people on LinkedIn and mention that you got laid off to try and get a referral.

  5. Once you’re ready, post publicly about your situation. Don’t mention anything negative about your previous employer. Stay positive in your writing. A LinkedIn post can be very effective in finding your next position.

  6. Make sure you don’t let your confidence slip and practice communicating effectively and clearly. A lot of people are getting laid off and not many companies are hiring now. Differentiate yourself by being excited, demonstrating your skills as best as possible, and ensuring that you are a fit at the company.

  7. The most important part is don’t give up on your preferences on the type of work you want to do. Don’t spray and pray, be more strategic with your applications. You know your value and skills. Apply to where your interests, skills, and other factors align the best. Start at the bottom of your list and work your way up.

  8. The offers will start rolling in. Trust the process. Once you do, don’t get too excited and take the first offer you get. Do your research, analyze your offer, and use the time the company gives you to think over things. Negotiate your offer, just because you don’t have a job right now doesn’t mean you can’t command your worth. The worst case scenario is they won’t negotiate further.

  9. Sign the best offer that meets your need. Put in the effort and you will get your next job.

Remember everything happens for a reason. What’s meant for you will be.

Good luck. Buena suerte. 💛

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Elyse Y. Robinson Elyse Y. Robinson is the Founder of Switch Into Tech where she does monthly seminars, posts weekly freebies to help you switch into tech, Writer of Nube: Switch Into A Cloud Career, podcaster for Nobody Wants To Work Tho, creator of to help you not go into college debt, and in school for Data Science. Elyse is in love with Mexico, researching any and everything, and helping people switch into tech.