You’ve been laid off.

This is a short list, on purpose. It’s here to help you get started. Once you are ready to move beyond these things, our advice timeline is a good place to start. Many of these items are also covered in specific blog posts. But don’t get too overwhelmed by everything on the site. Start with your emotions, take some time, then come back for advice. Good luck in your journey.

First things first:

  • Relax, as best you can
  • Don’t sign anything today
    • Know your rights!

Things to do at work after you’ve been laid off:

  • Say goodbye to as many people as you can
  • Get contact information, including email and phone numbers, of people you may want to reach out to later
  • Print or email copies of your old performance reviews
  • Delete personal information you may have on your work computer
  • Get a laid off letter

Questions to ask HR:

  • Is there severance?
  • How/when do I get my last paycheck?
  • What happens to unused vacation or sick time?
  • How long do I have access to various resources (job boards, employee assistance, etc.)?
  • How long does my healthcare coverage last?
  • Is there outplacement service?
  • What benefits do I still have?

Some ideas on handling your emotions after a layoff:

  • Don’t take it personally
  • Grieve your loss
  • Call your most trusted friend/partner as soon as you can
  • Don’t blast out the news right away, give it a day or two
  • Talk to your family, including your kids if you have any