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Jeanette Abad
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Like many, I have been in the unfortunate situation of abruptly finding myself without a job. I don't mind telling you, in the moment, it's a completely demoralizing experience. When this did happen to me, there were a few steps I took so I could move forward productively:

  1. I was gracious -- I thanked my employer for the opportunity and offered to expedited any needed transition. Why was I so nice? I don't believe in burning bridges. You're going to need former colleagues/co-workers for letters of recommendation and other references.

  2. The very next day I went to my local unemployment office to make sure I was set for collecting unemployment and to check what resources they had to help me get back on my feet. I wanted to be as educated as I could be on what support services were available to me. Knowledge is power!

  3. I took some time for self-reflection. It's not an easy thing to do -- it's a lot easier to feel hurt or angry and just stay that way. But that's not particularly productive. Unless your entire company/department was let go, I feel certain there are things about your own history (real or perceived) that can inform future behavior. Ask the hard questions! What could I have done differently to prevent this? Why me and not someone else? Take those answers and learn from them -- it will help prevent repeating the same behaviors in the future and minimize the chances that this happens more than once!

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Rein Puntso
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Construction Inspector at Consolidated Engineering Laboratories

I tried, i was right, but job was gone anyway, you don't wish to return. Just so sad, that people have no mercy to each other. It is the big problem for them, who hasn't mercy and love to others. I have seen it a lot

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gabrielle yablonsky
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all companies have no fault contracts these days so they can get rid of employees for no reason/

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ericka grant
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That's is some valuable information shared. However, when you are let go and their was no reason. Then what? You still look for employment. I believe something will come soon and just dont give up un your search.

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Brittney Jenkins
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Thank you so much Jeanette!

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Frederick Mitchem
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Excellent Advice

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larri mone
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You did the right thing by resigning competently and in accordance with the rules of ethics.

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Boris Zaretsky
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Retired, but open to new opportunities

You did all the right things. Being without work allows you to focus on your physical and emotional well-being and on your family. This silver lining could be quite nice if you allow it to be.

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Bonnie Wooton
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Graphic Design Customer Service Rep at Formsystems Inc Dba Fsi Group Inc

I've been told employers get upset when apply for unemployment, but many told me to do it right away.

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Sharon Metro
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Admin Asst at Old Dominion University

You are kinder (perhaps smarter) than I...when I retire will have a whole sh**tload of comments as to how they could better use a new person in my position....just saying...

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Carrie Gillespie
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Great advice Jeanette Abad ! Thank you for sharing your story!

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