Fired to Hired—Layoff to Payoff

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hiredLosing your job is a shock. It's a blow to your self-esteem. It can be a financial burden. As excited as we were to leave 2009 behind us, aspects of it are still following us. As the New Year dawns, so does more layoffs. Losing your job is bad news. So what's the good news?

When you are laid off or fired, it sometimes means you needed to be thinking about a new job anyway. While in your job, you need to constantly be evaluating if you've outgrown the role, the company, or if the company is moving in directions that may not include you. Yes, it is best to be looking for a new job when you still have one. But if you lose your job first, consider it a wake-up call telling you it's time for a change.

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