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July 10, 2009


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This a good summary of how people feel when going through a layoff. I would recommend that everyone working be mentally ready for a layoff. Nowadays it's nearly guaranteed to happen to everyone at least once over the course of a career.

Realize it's just business, it will be a shock but not the end of your life. In hindsight it's usually for the best.


Thank you Mike. Being mentally prepared is as important as being financially prepared for a layoff.

A quick comment about step 5 re: friends at the workplace. If they're really friends, they'll stay friends. If they were good colleagues, they'll stay in touch professionally and maybe even help you find your next job. And the ones who don't fit in those two categories, consider it a small consolation.

I have been through a layoff twice in the last2-1/2 years. The first one after working for the company 23 years, most co-workers do not keep in touch. They don't know what to say to you-they're still working. Unless you have outside intrests. My secong after working 1-1/2 years for the company, not so much either after the first couple of months. I find if you want to stay in touch with people, you make the effort.

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