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Its a knee-jerk reaction after being laid off to blame yourself and throw yourself into the process of finding your next gig. Id recommend doing neither. Start coming to terms with the fact that your layoff has nothing to do with your personal worth or work ethic. Remind yourself that there is nothing shameful about a company choosing to cut your job. Then give yourself time to grieve. Start the job hunt when youre ready, not because you dont know what else to do. Kati Kokal, education reporter and founder of the Journalism Community Aid Network
Looking after yourself and your mental health is just as critical as figuring out your next steps after being laid off. Below is a list of resources and guides to help you take care of yourself.
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