A quick guide to what to do when you're pink slipped

(Gillette, Wyo.) This week has been a rough one for the community. Sometimes the stress of waiting to hear if you're going to be cut from employment can be more urgent than actually being handed your notice. For others, the worrying has just begun. We contacted the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services to ask them what you should and shouldn't do when you find yourself out of work. First, the don'ts, which are very short: - Don't panic "This is a change, but it's not the end of the world," said Vermona Petersen, manager at the Gillette Workforce Center. "Don't let depression get ahold of you." What you can do right away: - File for unemployment . If you're computer savvy, you can do this yourself at home, or over the phone. If you think you will need help, head to the Workforce Center at 551 Running W Drive, or call them at (307) 682-9313. - *Call your financial institution*. Let them know that you've been laid off and will need help adjusting payment schedules for loans and other debts. - *Update your résumé*. The workforce center can help you do this, as well as give you guidance on how to prep for job interviews. - *Build your network*. Start reaching out to people you know and get the word out that you're available for work. Social media can help. Wyoming At Work is also a good place to start searching for connections. What you can do next: - Don't be afraid to file for unemployment benefits. That's money you've already earned. There are many who are finding themselves in the same situation right now, there is no shame in claiming any income that will help you right away. - Clear off your desk or home work space. Reorganizing can help you focus on what your new task is: your future. No one wants to be put in this situation. But it's done now, through no fault of your own, and you can't undo it. - Do some budget math. What you have in savings + liquefiable assets divided by the total of your monthly bills = how many months you can pay bills. Keeping a calendar that lays everything out by the numbers can help you focus on what you need to do, as well. Good luck, and remember you have a community behind you that understands. *Photo h/t Center on Budget and Policy Priorities // Pitchengine Communities* #county17 #news #wyostrong