Laid Off? Take Time to Process Your Emotions

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
So often, when people are laid off, they feel hurt emotionally and don’t take time to process the feelings and then don’t perform as well as they might had they taken the time.

00:00 Introduction
01:03 Paying attention to your emotions
01:33 Reach out
01:56 Your layoff is not about you.
02:22 Where your focus should be
02:41 Reassess your goals
03:00 A reminder
03:42 Outro

If you’ve been laid off, if you’ve been excessed, terminated, received a package, or whatever term you want to use for it, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed. Maybe scared. Unsure about your future. But taking time to acknowledge and understand these emotions is going to help you heal and refocus your energy so you can present yourself as being world-class in your future interactions.

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I’m Jeff Altman. I’m nicknamed The Big Game Hunter. I used to hunt down leaders and staff for organizations. Did it for a long time and filled a lot of positions. Now I provide no BS career advice and coaching to people globally related to a job search, your career as a totality. You know, hiring more effectively,Opinions | Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter managing and leading better, a whole host of different things for you and your career.

So I understand the emotional side of this, and most people don’t. So I’m just going to remind you of a couple of things that you may tell other people to do, but it’s hard to hear it for yourself. Take the time to reflect and to feel what you feel, and how you’ve handled challenging situations in the past. That’s an important step in moving forward from a layoff.

Reach out to friends, family, a therapist for support and guidance. Now, I want to remind you your insurance coverage is only going to last for a while. So if you’re feeling disturbed or upset or frightened, get in touch with a therapist now while you have insurance coverage, and before you have to start paying out of pocket.

Remember, a layoff is not a reflection on you, your worth your abilities. It’s a common issue in the workplace and it’s often . . .  it’s typically beyond your control. It’s not an issue of you and your performance. It’s an issue of them and their financial capabilities and decisions that senior management made that are coming home to roost.

Focus on the skills and knowledge that you’ve gained in this position and in previous ones, and how you can use them as part of your job search. Ultimately, it’s going to be important to remember that this is a temporary setback, and not the end of your career. You’re not doomed to failure.

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Take this opportunity to reassess your goals. Consider new career paths that may or may better align with your skills and interests. And don’t be afraid to seek out additional training or education to enhance your skills and increase your chances of finding a new job more quickly.

Remember, reaching out for help and support is not a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of you being mature. Take care of yourself both physically and mentally. Stay out of the refrigerator, and work out. Do things that benefit you. Meditate, if that’s something that you’ve been interested in doing or like doing. Take the time to meditate as well. And use this as an opportunity to focus your energy forward looking and not just simply reflexively going, ‘Oh, woe is me. I’m doomed!’ And thus prepare for your next opportunity.

I hope you found this helpful. I’m Jeff Altman. Visit my website, There’s a ton in the blog that can help you. Plus, you can schedule time for what I call Trusted Advisor Services where I answer questions from you. And you can also, if you’re interested in my coaching you through this transition or in other parts of your career, you can schedule time for a free discovery call to check me out or ask me questions to evaluate me for that. Or you can go right into coaching with me, I want to help.

My blog has a ton available for you. Plus at the website, you can find out about my video courses, books, and guides. Again a lot there to help. Also, I want to remind you to connect with me on Linkedin at My network tends to be a lot larger than yours will tend to be. As a result, it’ll give you a greater reach on LinkedIn that may serve you as part of this search.

Have a terrific day and most importantly, be great!

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. He is hired to provide No BS Career Advice globally. That can involve job search, hiring staff, management, leadership, career transition and advice about resolving workplace issues. Schedule a discovery call at my website,

He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with over 2500 episodes.

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