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Lost your job? Don’t get overly upset, you’re not alone. Companies will always be reassessing priorities and shedding jobs, and it’s all part of the normal economic process. The trick is how you can turn your layoff into something that works for you. Before your last day at the company, ask for a reference testimonial to facilitate your post-layoff job-hunting, and always make sure you get a beneficial severance package. Use your post-layoff time to reassess your career goals and reconsider what you want out of working life. Take this opportunity to beat a new path to a new and more satisfying position that you might not have considered under normal circumstances. Sign up with job-search sites, update your resumes and cover letters and start networking in earnest.