Job Loss Knows no Holiday

Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!” – Andrew Carnegie

A friend of mine just told me that his company went through (another) downsizing. There are many ways you can lose your job. Typically, the most challenging (in terms of surprise) is usually a downsizing. Depending on the size and health of the company, a downsizing can be relatively small (5%-10%) or large (something north of 15%). Whatever the number, the results are always the same, people lose their jobs. If you were one of the lucky ones “left behind”, you are either feeling that you just dodged being hit by lightening or maybe you are feeling guilty. If you are one of the unfortunate people who are let go, you are also feeling many things – guilt, depression, overwhelmed, pissed-off, shell-shocked. What ever the feeling, it is not unusual. The trick is to have a “mourning period” followed by getting “back on the horse” and starting your job search. Today’s post is about both – those left behind and those moving on.

  • I lost my job, now what – This post is by yours truly and is one of my favorite posts (both mine and my readers’). The article covers the “what you are feeling” aspect followed by what to do next. There are a few embedded links as well as links at the bottom of the article for related posts.
  • Always Be Prepared: 5 Tips for Unexpected Job Loss – Okay, so you can’t always be proactive in losing your job, there are things you can do to prepare “just in case”. This article, posted on Consumerismcommentary.com, provides some of the basics of preparing in case of job loss. Some, like keep 3 to 6 months of cash available is a standard. Other suggestions (like get recommendations without asking) is not one that most of us would think about if we already have a job. The article is definitely worth a read, take a look.
  • 5 non-financial ways to help a friend who’s lost her job – Sometimes it’s not about you. Sometimes it’s about helping others. This article, posted on Yahoo’s Shine site, gives some great ideas about how you can help someone who lost their job. There are some really great ideas here (like offer up your home office) and, as you read it, I’m sure you will come up with some ideas of your own. There are some comments which give additional ideas (and some that are not worth reading).
  • The First Things to do When You Lose Your Job – A great article from Jobacle.com, there are some really good ideas supported by embedded links with additional related information. The planning tool is interesting as is link to the art of getting a job. While you are there, take a look at some of their other resources.
  • How to Future-Proof Your Career – Maybe your job is fine now, but is your career at risk? Is there some new technology that will ultimately put you out of work? Maybe what you do has become too expensive and there are other countries (or states) that can deliver it for less. Whatever your fears, this article can help you plan for the future. Posted on AOL’s job site, there is some good advice with an embedded video and a listing of some careers that are somewhat recession proof. While you are on the page, take a look at some of the links at the top of the page.

Good luck in your search.


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