Maybe you saw the signs of impending unemployment; maybe the pink slip caught you unawares. Whatever the sequence of events, you now find yourself laid off and without immediate job prospects on the horizon.
Before you panic, consider: You are in excellent company. One-fifth of American workers lost their jobs right after the recession, according to a Rutgers University survey. In fact, getting laid off is so common now, it's a little absurd that there's any stigma left at all.
Unfortunately, it is still easier to get a job when you have a job. But that doesn't mean that you can't find a job that's a good fit for you — and sooner, rather than later. This is how to get your job search off on the right foot.