Here's what not to do if you lose your job. ...

Here's what not to do if you lose your job. ...

June 17, 2013 Updated Jun 17, 2013 at 1:16 PM EDT

Have you recently lost your job? Do you have a feeling you might lose your job in the near future?

If so, AOL Jobs has compiled a list of nine things NOT to do when you lose your job.

1. Don't blame anyone publicly -- pointing the finger will reflect poorly on you.

2. Don't burn bridges -- take the high road, not matter the previous work situation.

3. Don't be a bitter job seeker -- your previous employment situation is not the problem of a potential future employee.

4. Don't spread the word you were let go due to your age -- leave age out of any work-related conversations.

5. Be prepared for the job hunt -- get your resume, online profile and your job-seeking pitch ready because you never know when an opportunity will present itself.

6. Don't tell everyone you are looking for a new job -- dial in the focus when it comes to your networking efforts.

7. Utilize online tools to expand your network and show expertise -- build your online presence and utilize social networking in order to find people who might be able to refer your for opportunities.

8. Don't concentrate all your job-seeking efforts online -- yes the web is an important job-seeking tool, but be sure to make online applications only a part of your efforts.

9. Think about the upside -- is this your chance to try something new? Maybe there is a silver lining to losing your job.

Want more job-seeking tips?

U.S. News: The 9 Best Job-Seeking Tips from Staffing Leaders

Forbes: 10 Unconventional (But Very Effective) Tips For Job Seekers

AOL Jobs: 8 New Ways to Look For A Job

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