How to survive a layoff

By: Samantha Andre Email
By: Samantha Andre Email

First at Five, April 1, 2009

AUGUSTA, Ga.---Some people laid off work attended a seminar to learn some advice for finding a job.

"I usually get a job pretty quickly but six months, that's a long time. I've never been out of work that long," said Yolunda Brown

She and her three children have been living on unemployment, but she worries about what she'll do when that runs out soon. That's why she came to this job seminar, held by MAU, Inc. to help her in her job search.

"I thought I was doing everything right but here it is six months later and I've been doing the wrong things," says Brown.

Companies usually hire MAU after laying people off, to help the workers through the process, and lately the company has had more requests. Wednesday, they put on a seminar free to the public for anyone laid off.

"This is not their fault and [we] try to remove some of the guilt that people have around losing their job," says Randy Hatcher, MAU President.

Hatcher says finding a job is harder today, with so many people out of work, but there are things you can do to survive a layoff.

"Where most people make a mistake is they're unemployed, they don't know what to do eight hours a day," says Hatcher.

Some advice from MAU is:

-Those out of work should says their job is to find a job, meaning spend at least eight hours a day looking for one.

-Think of many avenues that could be taken, perhaps changing careers or going back to school.

-A temporary job is better than none, so finances don't get too far behind. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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