Job hunting after a layoff

Unless you're absolutely in a life or death situation, take some time to put a gap between you and the old job routine. Your routine changes and becomes more natural. Being at home isn't some sort of punishment or reminder of the lost job. Adapt to the new circumstances.

Use the break to do some thinking. If there's one commodity which is absolutely priceless, it's the chance to do some thinking about where you want to go with your life. You can catch any train in a station, but not all of them go where you want them to. This is a sort of ongoing process at each stage of your life. Getting laid off might have been the end of an era that needed to end. You might now have opportunities you didn't have before.

Talk to family and friends. This is the really important stuff, the people who matter, and they have the real priority. If you're in a supportive family or social environment, you can also get some advice, and maybe some new perspectives. You'll want to check out commitments, preferences, and what they need.

Get some rest. The trauma of the layoff is as mentally and physically exhausting as a 20-mile marathon. If you overdo anything, you'll get even more run down. Eat good quality food, sleep in, and avoid situations that irritate or upset you. Allow yourself to get back to something you like.

The best way to job hunt after a layoff is to make sure you're fit to job hunt, and then know what you're hunting for.