One of my biggest lessons as an adult was that hard work doesn't always mean success. How else is it that I experienced four lay-offs in the space of five years? I went through periods where I was horribly depressed and nearly broke and experiencing all of these other things no one tells you about losing your job. Does everyone feel as gross and pathetic as I did in those moments? Has anyone else thought their world was coming to an end? What about rent? Food? Gas? Who's going to take care of me? How am I going to make it? What about my friends that I worked with? Is this what being an adult means?
Indeed, I like to think of myself as something of an expert at getting laid off. I managed to always find jobs with small companies who were financially struggling; and then one day, there's a box on your desk and they're telling you to leave. But it taught me a lot — perhaps more than most other experiences I've had as an adult. And I firmly believe I'm smarter and stronger for it.
Losing your job can happen to anyone. No one is immune. And while I hope it never happens to you, here are 11 things I can tell you before you go through any of it.