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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Layoff Survival Guide

NBC 13 recently published this article on what to do if you are laid off from your job.

1. Know your rights and exit professionally-Ask the following questions: how much severance pay you are entitled to, whether you will be paid for vacation and sick days and how to file for unemployment benefits and extended health care. Always leave in a professional manner and never say or do anything that will come back to haunt you.

2. Take a deep breath-This is not the end of the world. Relax and realize you will overcome this situation. Do not let depression or despair seep in. Use your energy and imagination to overcome your problems.

3. Apply for unemployment-This should be your very first move.

4. Line up health care coverage-You need to know how long your employer will carry your coverage and where you can find coverage until you become re-employed. Even if you have a job you should start researching alternatives now, just in case. Always have a back up plan.

5. Network like crazy-Sixty percent of jobs are found through networking so start doing it.

6. Polish your resume

7. Start the search- Use all available resources.

8. Take any job available and then work up from there.

9. Take care of yourself-Be patient and keep in mind that it won’t be easy.

Additional Reading:

Gerald Celente on the Global Economic Collapse

10 Things to Help You Prepare for Hard Times

Game Plan for 2009


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