If you’ve just been laid off, you might be in shock or decide that you are ready for a break. Sure, take a few days to collect yourself and get your head on straight.
When I first started job searching, I only applied to jobs with certain companies, usually due to their location or reputation. Don’t do that. Apply to everything for which you are qualified (and read the job description to make sure you ARE qualified).
I’m the type of person who doesn’t like to bother people. I tend to research and figure out ways to do things on my own. That’s a bad practice when it comes to looking for a new job. If you let people know you are looking, they are usually more than happy to pass along any leads they hear about.
Look into all leads right away. It’s good experience and you may be surprised at what turns up.
Employers want to see that you wish to perform a specific job for THEM, not some vague office position for Anycompany, Inc. Take a few minutes and write a targeted cover letter and resume for each application.