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The Pain, Grief, and Shock of Being Laid Off

I saw the new George Clooney movie Up in the Air over the holidays. It focuses on the value—or lack of it—that people place on relationships. But it's the subplot that hits home with job seekers, at least those who have gone through the pain of being laid off. I imagine anyone who recently lost a job can identify with the characters in the film who are let go (some of them through a video conference…Ouch!)

It got me thinking about the initial shock and stages of grief people go through when they're laid off, and how they felt they were treated when told their services were no longer needed.

So, let's hear from you: Tell us about a time you were laid off. What was your initial reaction? How did it change afterward? In the end, would you say your layoff hurt or helped your career? Why?

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