(This article appeared previously on AOLJobs.com.)
It's now roughly a year since I was laid off. I immediately got some advice from my still-employed colleagues that sounded supportive, but was 100 percent wrong.
Luckily, I didn't follow any of it. Here is a sample of some of the worst advice I was offered and why I'm glad I didn't follow any of it:
"The summer's almost over. You should take some time for yourself and enjoy the sunshine."
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Time is important and hitting the ground running demonstrates to potential employers that you're just that type of person — the one who can accept challenges and immediately take steps to meet them.
If you delay starting a job search, anger tends to just fester and the procrastination rarely results in a better attitude. My experience shows that procrastination more often serves to just make the anger worse as it gets harder and harder to start a search and easier and easier to play the blame game on the previous employer.
"It will be great not to have to get up early in the morning. You can let yourself go a bit and relax in your sweats."
"This is a great time to take a vacation. You won't have time once you get a new job."
At least if you run up the credit card on this type of vacation, you will soon be seeing a steady paycheck to help pay the debt.
No Time to Lay Back
Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and get started all over again right away.
The next day after a layoff can set the tone for your job search. Make that next day, and all the days that follow, ones where you hold your head high and give yourself the fighting chance you so richly deserve.
Rhona Bronson is an AOLJobs.com contributor. She has spent more than 30 years in marketing and communications positions with well-known consumer product and media brands. After being laid off as a Senior VP of Marketing in 2009, she started a marketing and consulting company in North Jersey. She later led a marketing group for a regional newspaper in South Jersey. Laid off again in 2013, Bronson conducted a focused job search resulting in her newest position as Director of Marketing for the Delaware River and Bay Authority.
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