What to do when you lose your job all of a sudden?

It isn’t easy to go through a job loss, and sometimes it’s even worse when you just don’t see it coming. Company-wide layoffs, or downsizing as it is sometimes called, can be devastating. Families with only one income, or who rely heavily on a higher income, can feel lost and individuals with bills, mortgages and other financial obligations might feel as though they are going to lose everything but don’t panic: there is an way to get your life back together. Losing your job is a very scary thing, and it might be tough for a while but there’s a few things you should do when you lose your job to help you get back on the right track.

Keep calm – it isn’t personal

If you’ve been called into a meeting room or your boss’ office for that dreaded talk then you might be feeling a little overwhelmed, and that’s completely normal but try to keep your emotions in check in a professional capacity. Losing your job often has nothing to do with how the company feels about you; it’s nothing personal but perhaps business has been bad, profits are down, or your position isn’t needed in the company any more. There are a lot of reasons for this happening, and it might seem personal but try not to think of it that way.

Update your contacts

During your career you have more than likely made a lot of new professional friends through networking events, conferences, professional development courses and so on. Keeping in touch with these people is bound to pay off, and this might be the time it does. Update them and let them know you aren’t working at the same company anymore. Many companies don’t post actual job positions because they don’t need to; they hear of candidates through current employees or people they know. By letting them know you aren’t working there anymore they might mention a position to you they didn’t before because they didn’t want to put you in an awkward situation if you weren’t looking to make a career move.

Update your resume

Since you (likely) haven’t been searching for a job your resume might be a bit dated. Take some time and update your resume, add any professional development courses you have taken or new skills you’ve learned. It’s important that potential employers know you’re focused on growing and are keen to keep learning.

Contact a specialized recruiter

Each job, especially once you move up the ladder, is specialized and so it’s important that if you contact a head hunter you aren’t contacting one that has no idea what your job entails, really. Contacting a head hunter is a great way to get your name out there, and they likely have a whole bunch of contacts in various industries. They also probably know about more available jobs than what would be posted online, too.

This is likely going to be a bit of a hard time: losing a job you have had for any length of time isn’t easy and your life is going to change a bit but use this as an opportunity to start over. Maybe you weren’t really happy at your job anyways, so why not take this opportunity to move onto something you do like or grow your skills in a specific area. You could, if you want to, even take some time off to decide what it is you actually want to do. There isn’t a right or wrong way to handle losing a job, but remember you have options so start exploring them.

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Where to Eat When You get Hungry all of a Sudden

Hunger is one of those things that you don’t think about until it’s staring you right in the face; one minute you’re fine and the next it is almost like you haven’t eaten in years. If you are out running errands, shopping or even just hanging around the house you might  be wondering where to eat when you get hungry all of a sudden and there’s one answer that will suit the entire family: The Mandarin, and here’s why.

Sheer Volume of Selection

If you have never been to The Mandarin then perhaps you won’t know this but there is almost unlimited variety there. They, of course, have the usual Chinese food options: chicken balls, rice, egg rolls, etc. But they have so much more, too: sushi, vegetable dishes, dumplings, specialties during Chinese New Year and so on. They even have French fries and onion rings if you have an especially picky eater in your company.

Hours of Operation

They are open for lunch and dinner every day, and are open even late too. So if it is late, or the middle of the day, The Mandarin can help you out. They also offer a pretty full menu most of the day, but during lunch hours there are some items that aren’t available but the most popular items and the ones you’ll likely enjoy the most are available all the time.

They Have Pick Up and Delivery

So while the main attraction of The Mandarin is their buffet and the variety they have, they also offer delivery or take out options. There is a menu you can order off of with all of the same foods offered on their buffet. While the quantity might not be exactly what you are looking for if expecting a buffet, you can definitely pick to order whatever you want and eat it in the comfort of your very own home.

You Can Try New Things

Is there something you have always wanted to try but never went for because you don’t want to order a meal you aren’t sure you’ll like? Well, here’s the great thing about The Mandarin: it’s all included. If you always wanted to try crab legs but weren’t sure if you’ll like them then you can grab a few and if you don’t like them then you can always go back to the buffet and get the things you do like, instead.

While The Mandarin may not always be your first choice when you’re suddenly hungry – it should be. It has pretty much every type of food you could ever think of eating, plenty of seating, great variety of hours and the food is always hot. It might be busy when you go but you’ll never have to wait very long, and you can get as many – or as few – plates as you want. The beauty of The Mandarin is that you make your own meal, your way, in whatever quantity you want.

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What to do when your car breaks down all of a sudden?

Having your car break down on the side of the road is definitely an unplanned for event and it could end being a very costly one, too. It’s also a scary time, especially if you are driving down the street and your car just stops working: there’s other cars to worry about and potentially pedestrians crossing the street. So, what do you want when your car breaks down all of sudden? Here’s some tips to keep you calm and make sure the situation goes as smoothly as possible.

Coast for a while

Try to coast into a parking lot or to a safe spot on the shoulder of the road. Do not hit the breaks and just stop in the middle of traffic unless you absolutely have to because it’s dangerous to keep going. If you stop in the middle of traffic you could cause a large accident with other drivers who weren’t prepared for you to suddenly stop. Take in your surroundings and find a safe spot to stop your car in until you can get help.

Think before you get out

If you are driving down a busy street or a highway and the engine of your car just dies do not just jump out of the car; this could be incredibly dangerous. Cars that are going fast – especially on a highway – won’t be able to stop in time if you jump out in front of them. So, instead look around, sit in your car for a few minutes – or more – and think before getting out of your car. While it is dangerous to just stop in the middle of a busy street, it’s even more dangerous for a pedestrian to just get out of the car.

Let other drivers know

Put on your four way signals – provided they work – and let other drivers know you are having car trouble. They can see these signals from far away so they know to drive around you and that your car isn’t moving anywhere. If they don’t work, you can take a white towel, or napkin, and let it hang out the window. This signals to other drivers you are having car troubles.

Call a tow truck

Even if you have the knowledge to fix your car, the middle of a busy street is not the place to do it. Call a tow truck and have your car towed to either your house or your choice of garage. It might cost a bit but it’s not worth the risk of trying to fix your car in the middle of a busy street.

Having your car break down all of a sudden can be incredibly frustrating, but it’s important to stay safe and ensure you don’t put other drivers in a compromising situation. You have to alert other cars that you are having troubles and that your car isn’t moving – drivers need to know to go around you and change lanes. You also need to ensure you aren’t blocking traffic if it’s possible to get your car to a safe spot. When you car breaks down all of a sudden the most important thing is to not panic and stay safe; your car can be towed and it will be fixed but the best thing is to avoid anyone getting hurt.

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