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Tips for Recovering from Your Layoff

10 Things You Must Do

Recovering After Your Layoff

Losing your job through a layoff is hard and can create a lot of stress, making it difficult to know how to move forward.

Here are 10 Things You Must Do to Get Through Your Layoff and Begin Searching for Your Next Job.


Losing your job is not your fault. The company made the decision to eliminate jobs, not you. You will feel a range of emotions as you experience job loss grief; denial, shock, anger, depression, etc. Share your feelings with friends and family so you can move forward and start developing your job search strategy.

Apply for unemployment insurance and register with Illinois JobLink right away. This will provide a foundation for conducting your job search.



Look into health insurance coverage options. Ask your former employer about rules and costs under COBRA, check out insurance options on the marketplace under the Affordable Care Act and/or look into an individual health insurance plan.

Develop a new daily routine that includes a set time each day for your job search. Stick to your plan and don’t derail your job search by lack of action. It will take a great deal of focus and determination to not only launch into action, but to stay active in the process.



Start your job search by researching companies and job opportunities. Determine if additional training, education or professional certifications are necessary for you to become re-employed. workNet DuPage can assist you with this research, and you may be approved for a WIOA training grant that you can use to get occupational training or a certification.

Start updating your resume. When applying for jobs make sure you are tailoring your resume and cover letter for the specific position you are applying for. If you need assistance with your resume contact workNet DuPage Career Center and sign up for the Job Search Boot Camp. This 5-day program will get you ready to look for a job in this highly competitive market!



Conserve your money. Develop a new monthly budget and look where you can cut unnecessary spending and stick to the budget.

Contact your creditors, mortgage company, landlord, car loan, insurance, utilities and credit cards. Explain you have been laid off and ask if you can go on a reduced monthly payment plan until you find employment.



Don’t throw all your eggs in one basket. You find the perfect job, apply for it and get an interview, maybe a second or third interview. You start thinking a job offer is coming any day and then a rejection letter arrives in the mail. Continue to apply for jobs while you are interviewing!

Look into volunteer opportunities. Not only will volunteering keep you active, but will provide networking and potential employment opportunities!


Job Search Assistance

If you lost your job in one of the above listed layoffs, you are already eligible for some of the federally-funded services provided through the workNet DuPage Career Center, including a possible $10,000 grant for upgrading your skills or certifications.

Job Search Readiness

If it’s been a while since the last time you looked for a job, take this short quiz to see if you’re ready to conduct a successful job search.

Career & Training Expo

Learn about occupational training and certifications that are possible through the WIOA grant program at workNet DuPage.

Job Seeker Resources

A list of resources of various kinds to aid job seekers in the search for their next employment opportunity.

Stay Connected

Via social media we offer numerous ways for you to get job search tips, jobs, info and updates.