What should you do when you receive notice of a layoff? What's the best way of surviving a layoff?
First of all, you should check with your company on the benefits you may be entitled to when you leave.
It's also important to file for unemployment insurance, and to make sure you have all the bases covered, so you can start a job search.
However, to back up a step, there are ways to be prepared for a layoff - before it happens. That's especially important in a difficult economy, because losing a job can happen very unexpectedly and it can happen regardless of how secure you think your job might be.
Here's how to prepare, just in case, and how to survive a layoff, if it happens to you, from our About.com career experts.
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