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The labor market is strong, with 10 million jobs currently open — up 60% from pre-pandemic levels, according to ZipRecruiter. But the looming fear of a recession and layoffs at high-profile companies like Twitter and Amazon have left many workers wondering if they could be next.

Leslie Tarnacki, Chief Human Resources Officer at WorkForce Software, talks with Money about how employees can prepare themselves in today’s workplace if layoffs are happening at their business.

Tarnacki says, if the financial situation allows, employees should take some time for yourself to reflect on your next professional move and strategize about the important factors to look for in a job opportunity.

“Being laid off can actually provide an opportunity for people to take a step back, examine their current career path, and see if they want to continue in the same direction or make a change,” she adds.

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