What to do when you get laid off?

The perspective here might be a bit serious – even negative, but these are difficult times, so bear with me. I can share this with you because I am actually old enough to have been there before - and I was: exactly 20 years ago this May. (The advice has been updated for the modern times though.)

BEFORE YOU GO (= NOW!)

  1. Get your profiles up on LinkedIn and Facebook. And do the work required to make it worthwhile.
  2. Get yourself a kick-butt resume - and include an online one - maybe try VisualCV.com
  3. Make contact with the people you have blown off because you were too 'busy' with your job. If you hit the street, unemployed with a big mortgage, you want to know who your friends are. And you will also learn that your future success or failure depends on PEOPLE - not on your job skills. I recommend you learn that before it happens.
  4. Re-evaluate your life, because you need to pick a direction before you have to pick it. Time will be precious when it happens - and that is usually when you least expect it.
  5. KNOW that you are still a human being with much to offer. Don't let the job be the only source of dignity. The adversity may actually be in a good thing (in hindsight) but one should not say that before the event because it might earn you a slap even if it is true - ex post facto.
  6. Learn new skills - in your own time. If you take what the company has to offer, manage your away time very carefully - that makes you vulnerable.

AFTER

  1. 100 Tools to make money online
  2. 999 Business Ideas
  3. Pray: have faith (you know where to go, right?)
  4. Call me (see the footer of this letter)
  5. Call your friends
  6. And remember there is still 94% employment rate - you might not get your dream job easily, but with a bit of luck we can survive, right?