There comes a time for every young writer lucky enough to hold a staff position when her boss sits her down for a little chat. Yes, no matter hard you work to stay positive, cheerful, motivated, what have you…if it’s February 2009 and you write features…you’re almost guaranteed to have to write one about layoffs.
Two editors give you the news quickly, they give your deadline, and then, to avoid any unnecessary emotion or pleading, they cut you off. No more chatting. Nothing but formality. Ask any questions, and you’re told to bring your concerns to the CEO. Afraid to bother him with minutia? You’re on your own, kid.
You retreat to your desk and start doing your research, a sense of general foreboding washing over you. What will you do? The articles suggest honing your networking skills, taking pictures of cats off your blog (crap…all the effort I spent uploading cats…is it bad that my icon on Twitter is a stuffed Cat??????).
Some of the articles suggest having a sense of humor, but sadly, this doesn’t fly at work. That’s right. No one in this office laughed at ANY of the jokes I tried to tell about getting laid off. Can you say annoying? I sure thought so.
But then I realized, once you stop making a joke out of everything, it is possible to accomplish things, if you don’t let yourself freak out. “When the moment arrives, a Fortune magazine columnist advises you to stay composed and clear-headed at all costs. Try not to take your situation personally, and you’ll be able to focus on negotiating the best possible severance deal.”
Then, after a clear exit interview and civilized departure, it’s time to take control of your finances, and start working on getting a new job.
“The Scobleizer blog reminds you to spend at least 30 percent of your day, every day, searching for a new job. And that means more than just scrolling the pages at Monster.com or Craigslist. Before you even start sending out resumes, you can start to identify yourself as a great candidate.”
You’ll also need to formulate a plan for living without a salary, and apply strategies for maintaining your mental stability. (If you’ve ever had it…personally, I can’t testify in that area.)
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