Human resource expert offers tips on what to do if you lose your job

A big part of the process is taking away the stigma or embarrassment of being laid off.

Angelica Toruno and Robyn Karashik

May 14, 2024, 9:16 PM

Updated 3 days ago

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Indeed, which has headquarters in Stamford and Texas, was hit with a wave of layoffs on Monday.
Workers there said the layoffs came as a shock.
News 12’s Angelica Toruno spoke with a human resource expert on what to do in the case of an unexpected layoff.
Donna DeMattia, a human resource director at employment agency The Workplace, said people should be actively updating resumes.
"It's a scary time for folks to be laid off especially if you've been in a job for a long period of time,” said DeMattia. "The exchange to make sure you're covered, on insurance, COBRA is an offer that you'll have...your 401K is going to sit and roll, there are situations that you can take that money without real penalties, this may be one of them."
She said your resume should also change based on the jobs you apply to.
“This job says it needs these 10 things, then I need to make sure somewhere in my resume those words are there,” said DeMattia.
Here are the top points to keep in mind:
  • Update your resume
  • Job hunt sooner rather than later
  • Connect with your networks
Start networking by letting people know you are back in the market for a job.
DeMattia reminds people to go easy on themselves. A big part of the process is taking away the stigma or embarrassment of being laid off.
"Good luck to you, there's jobs out there, take your time,” said DeMattia. “Take a deep breath. Don't take too much time and reach out to places like here at The Workplace."


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