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Help, I’ve Been Laid Off! What to Do Right Now if You’ve Just Lost Your Job

Cool it. Take a breath. Count to 10. Don’t storm out. You’re going to need to think and act—fast—about some important things including health insurance, unemployment benefits, severance pay and references. If you can, take a brisk walk or do jumping jacks in the bathroom. Call a friend. Sit at your desk and massage these […]

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Recent SafetyNet Survey: Wisconsin’s Workforce Lives on Financially Shaky Ground

Wisconsin financial wellness survey by Safety Net

42% of Those Surveyed Have Less Than $1,000 in Savings First the good news: Unemployment in Wisconsin is at a remarkable low. Across the state the number of applications for unemployment benefits has fallen, and last spring the size of Wisconsin’s labor force hit an all-time high. What’s more, national employment trends continue to indicate […]

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Managed to Amass an Emergency Expense Fund? Congratulations! Here’s How to Keep It

Piggy bank - How to keep your emergency fund

If you’ve succeeded in setting aside a chunk of change to cover those inevitable-yet-unexpected “expense shocks,” congratulations! You’re doing better than most. According to the Federal Reserve Board’s Survey of Household Economics and Decision Making (SHED), barely half of Americans have an extra $400 at their disposal the event of, say, a car repair or […]

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Turning Layoffs into Opportunities: Tips to Take You from Surviving to Thriving

Woman using layoff as opportunity

If you are someone who embraces change and new challenges—even when unexpected —finding yourself out of a job may bring you more inspiration than paralysis. After all, what feels like crisis in the moment merely looks like another life change once you do (and you will!) land your next job. For others, however, maintaining good mental […]

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The Pre-Layoff Checklist: What to Do Before Being Laid Off

Pre-Layoff Checklist: WHAT TO DO BEFORE BEING LAID OFF

Sure, there are times your departure from a job comes as a complete surprise. More likely, though, you’ve begun to observe subtle and not-so-subtle signs of an impeding layoff. If you’re pretty sure your Friday meeting with HR is about to send you into a tailspin, now is the time to go through our 10 […]

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How to Know if Layoffs are Coming: 5 Warning Signs to Look Out For

Woman at computer concerned about being laid off

Gwen H. had enjoyed several years at a well-established nonprofit when a series of events suddenly led her to question the security of her job. “There were a lot of power leadership changes happening,” she remembers. In the first few months she watched warily from the sidelines, unsure what to make of the jockeying executives. […]