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I've been laid off twice in the same year. It was the dotcom crash. I was unemployed for two years. It felt like the world had ended.

Just look for a job every day and don't give up like I did back then.
 

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Dang, sorry to hear that.

OP, good luck in finding another job!

I've been laid off twice in the same year. It was the dotcom crash. I was unemployed for two years. It felt like the world had ended.

Just look for a job every day and don't give up like I did back then.
When you say "look for a job everyday", do you mean apply online or go into places and ask around if they're hiring?

I'm trying to get better at this, so I apologize if this is a dumb question.
 

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Dang, sorry to hear that.

OP, good luck in finding another job!

When you say "look for a job everyday", do you mean apply online or go into places and ask around if they're hiring?

I'm trying to get better at this, so I apologize if this is a dumb question.
I don't think there's much point to going and asking.

Internet - spam your resume
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What kind of work are you being laid off from and what is the reason for it? Just go nuts looking for another job and try to extend your unemployment benefits for as long as possible.

When you apply for a place that you really want to work at, harass them to no end. Call everyday and ask the manager if they are hiring. If the manager is not available, tell whoever answers the phone to leave a note for the manager with your name on it. Then call again and again and again. If they have paper applications, you should keep getting them and submitting them every week until the manager's desk is flooded with 50 applications from you.
 

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I first read you'd be getting laid and thought how lucky you were
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Then read getting laid OFF and went from being happy for you to being sad for you .
So sorry to hear that but there could be something better just around the corner so what if that one didn't work , I once went through something like 9 jobs in a very short time until I found a good one right for me , keep trying and good luck .
 

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What kind of work are you being laid off from and what is the reason for it? Just go nuts looking for another job and try to extend your unemployment benefits for as long as possible.

When you apply for a place that you really want to work at, harass them to no end. Call everyday and ask the manager if they are hiring. If the manager is not available, tell whoever answers the phone to leave a note for the manager with your name on it. Then call again and again and again. If they have paper applications, you should keep getting them and submitting them every week until the manager's desk is flooded with 50 applications from you.
Secondary idea: Most places give their employees bonuses for employee referrals. You can try to find someone on LinkedIn or through your college alumni network to talk to who is willing to vouch for you that way. Persistence does pay off, but managers are more likely to listen to someone they know, rather than a cold contact.
 

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Secondary idea: Most places give their employees bonuses for employee referrals. You can try to find someone on LinkedIn or through your college alumni network to talk to who is willing to vouch for you that way. Persistence does pay off, but managers are more likely to listen to someone they know, rather than a cold contact.
That's actually a great idea. I should have mentioned LinkedIn. Building professional connections within a business and rounding up a healthy number of referrals is an absolute must. You should always see a job as a gateway to other, higher paying jobs. Even the most menial jobs have opportunities to make connections.
 

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I was invited to a meeting. There, I was asked to turn in my badge and then "escorted out" by security. I wasn't even allowed to say "goodbye" to people. I felt that was an inappropriate way of doing that to me and about 70 other former employees.
 

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I was invited to a meeting. There, I was asked to turn in my badge and then "escorted out" by security. I wasn't even allowed to say "goodbye" to people. I felt that was an inappropriate way of doing that to me and about 70 other former employees.
That's unfortunately the way they do it.
We had one in 2001 where they laid off half the building I was in - and that was about 300 people.

In my case, I was allowed to finish the month - even worse. I had to work knowing I would be done. Keep in contact with your coworkers. You could be rehired...in fact, chances would be high since you know the job the best.
 

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I don't think there's much point to going and asking.

Internet - spam your resume
Job fairs
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Find ways to improve your skill set while you're unemployed
Thanks for responding. I feel like an idiot for asking this but I'm trying to get better at networking and becoming more employable so I'll be ready for the future.

OP, hope all is alright!
 
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