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In the Land of the Laid Off

When it comes to getting laid off, many of us don’t play the end-game very well. Here are three things to do that will help you move forward to new employment:

1. Ask for outplacement services. Some companies will pay professionals to provide one-on-one job search counseling and résumé development services to their laid-off workers. It’s a great benefit if you can get it.

2. Ask for a letter of recommendation. Provide your boss with an outline of some of your significant achievements, responsibilities, and effective personal qualities to help guide his or her writing process. If your employer is not willing to write a letter of reference, or never gets around to it, ask if he or she will take a phone call from someone regarding your employment history. Then say that you would be very appreciative of any kind words he or she might say on your behalf.

3. Get contact information from colleagues so that you can track them down in the future and use them as references if need be. Offer to reciprocate.

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