I know that as a single mom you can’t think of any way that getting laid off from your job could be anything except a disaster, but there are situations where layoffs can be a good thing. If you are unhappy with your job and want to find a different position or a better field you probably don’t have time to do a lot of job searching, applying, and interviewing without your current employer knowing what’s going on.
When you get laid off there are many forms of assistance that you can qualify for to get your thought the tough financial time while you look for a new job. You also won’t have to worry about scheduling interviews on a lunch hour or after your other job; you can work on your resume, do some networking, visit job fairs, and take the time you need to find the best job for you.
You will also save money on daycare and have some time to spend with your children until you find a new job. If you are considering going to school a layoff can be just the thing you need to get you moving in that direction. When you aren’t employed you may find that you have more drive to find a better position, take steps to earn a degree or simply find a job that really suits you and your scheduling needs.
No, a layoff isn’t a good thing when you are a single mom who has bills piling up and no income to pay them, but many times a layoff can lead to you finding a better paying job or one that is more suited to your situation. The first thing you should do if you get laid off is visit your social services department and your unemployment office. With assistance and possibly some temp jobs, you can make ends meet while you search for and apply to your new and better job.
Don’t allow yourself to get discouraged and depressed if you get laid off. As a single mom I know you feel that the weight of the world is on your shoulders sometimes, and when you suddenly lose your job it can be overwhelming. Keep your thoughts in order and know that you aren’t the only single mom going through this, and that there are resources and help to get your through this unemployment snag. Think positive thoughts and go for the job you really want after you get laid off.