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Every day it seems like companies are announcing layoffs. Getting laid off can be unexpected and leave you confused and wondering why you were laid off. It’s important to remember that layoffs typically have nothing to do with the ability of the employee, but the needs of the business. So, if you are recently laid off or are feeling the impending doom of a layoff coming to your organization, we put together a list of four ways you can try and stay positive throughout your job search.

Set a daily routine

Creating a daily routine and sticking to it can be very helpful for your mental well-being. Daily routines have been known to reduce anxiety, help with grief and to increase your confidence. A few ideas for making your daily routine would be to get up at the same time each day, start your day with something active such as a walk outdoors while listening to motivating music, podcasts or audiobooks. Block off time periods when you will focus on certain job searching activities like updating your resume, networking on LinkedIn and applying to jobs.

Set realistic goals & take breaks

Job searches take time. You likely won’t land your dream job days after being laid off and this new free time will take some adjusting. Setting small realistic goals will help to stay motivated. A few examples of goals could be making a list of companies you would like to work for, or adding 10 people from those companies each day to your LinkedIn network. You can read more about how to market yourself on LinkedIn here  These goals can help you avoid frustration and you can look back on the goals and feel productive.

Seek support from mentors and peers Networking and positivity

You might be missing the social aspect of daily life at a job. It is a great idea to be spending time with people who make you feel good and uplift you. The company you keep can have a huge impact on your mood. Scheduling time to grab coffee with a peer or a mentor and ask them for advice is a great way to stay positive. Searching for a new job can start to feel negative and if you spend time with people who have a negative attitude or never have anything nice to say, that will not help you during these unpresented times.

Use rejection as a tool

Chances are you will see rejection in your job search. Rejection doesn’t discredit your experience or your accomplishments. You also have the opportunity to reject a company’s offer if it isn’t the right one for you at the time. It is easy to get down on yourself, but you can also look at it as a you went for it, and that is courageous. Ask yourself after a rejection. How can you use this experience to grow? What can you learn from this experience?

It can be discouraging to be looking for a job these days. Roles online have over 200 applicants, you might not get anything back from the company at all. Just remember this is all temporary. Our firm, The Everest Search Group has been placing executives in the logistics, supply chain industry over the last 30 years, and in addition to having a full page dedicated to all of our open career opportunities, we also have a place where you can upload your resume to be considered for future opportunities.


  • Derrick Mann says:

    Thank you!

  • Lauren Pamas says:

    Thank you for this article and for addressing the importance of setting a routine, making small goals, and spending time with people who uplift you. The hardest part for me has been adjusting my routine and sticking to one. That new “free time” does have an impact on mental health, so appreciate you all calling this out.

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