The layoffs have occurred and the goodbyes have been said.
You are still at your desk in the same job.
You know it doesn’t mean that there won’t be another round of layoffs and that you won’t be cut then.
I spoke with someone not too long ago who survived four rounds of cuts only to be nailed in the fifth one.
What should you do now?
- Do a great job! Even while you may feel panic, depression, anxiety, and fear as though you were laid off with the others, you achieve little by walking around worrying. Step up to the plate and put in a great effort. Allowing lethargy and depression to take root will only have you interview poorly. Who wants to hire someone who is depressed anyway?
- Make sure you have contact information for the departed people Often the recently departed will be your references. Rather than lose contact with them and scramble to re-connect when you need them, make sure you have phone numbers and personal email addresses for them. Connect with them on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, or any other website you know they are active on. You may wind up helping them with introductions that can help them find a job and, at the same time, maintain contact with them in case you need them, too.
- Make sure your personal files that reside on your office system make it home If you are caught in the next round of layoffs, you probably won’t have time to get these off your hard drive. Do you want to forget your tax records, personal photos and bookmarks, and letters used to prepare your mortgage application in the rush to leave when you are laid off?
- Get to the doctor Although you will be offered COBRA coverage after the layoff, you may not be able to afford it (for individuals, it can easily be more than $500 per month; for families, more than $1000). Get you and your family scheduled to see every relevant doctor and every specialist you can.
- Update your resume The person who gets ahead isn’t always the smartest or work the hardest (although those are two great qualities to have). The person who gets ahead is the one who remains alert to opportunity. Sometimes those are internal to an organization; more often those are external. With so many people laid off who will start to land at new firms, don’t be caught unprepared if someone recommends you for a new job by not having an up-to-date resume ready. And, now that you have survived a round of cuts, you know more could be coming so get ready.
- Start networking Start to attend networking meetings. Update your profile on LinkedIn and on the other social network sites to show a professional front (remember to take down the party pictures from these sites and replace them with professional ones. You don’t want to lose a job because your online nickname is “The Belchmeister” or “Easy . . . on the Eyes”.
- Don’t turn into a workaholic I started by saying that you should “do a great job,” not “work all day and all night. Maintaining balance will allow you to perform better at work and in your interviews.
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