Been laid off? Fired? Pushed out? See it coming? This book will help you get back on your feet, develop a plan of action, and find your next great job!
Real answers from real experts:
- What to do first…and what never to do
- How to cope with the havoc, trauma, and anger
- How to protect your professional reputation
- How to keep your options open
- Know your rights
- What to do while you’re out of work
- How to safeguard your finances
- What to tell your family
- How to keep it from happening again
- How to come back stronger and better than ever!
You’ve just lost your job. (Or you’re expecting to.) You know you’re not alone: Millions of great people are losing their jobs these days. But this is you we’re talking about. Losing your job can turn your life upside down. It can mess with your mind, your heart, your health, your family life...not to mention your financial security. Losing your job is just plain painful. This practical book will help you get through the trauma-–and come out stronger, smarter, better. Top workplace expert Martha Finney brings together all the answers you need to empower yourself and regain mastery over your own life. Drawing on powerful insights and personal stories from an enormous network of experts, she answers questions like:
- How do I protect my finances?
- How do I get past the anger, alienation, and isolation?
- Why haven’t I heard from my coworkers?
- What are my rights?
- Can I get a better severance package?
- Can I sue? Should I?
- How do I stay on my career path and keep my options open?
- How can I objectively evaluate a new job offer?
From start to finish, this book will help you identify your best next steps: the steps that’ll help you get past the trauma and move forward–-emotionally, financially, in your career, and in every part of your life.
The 29 first, best, and worst things to do after a layoff or firing
What to do right now–-and what you should never do
How to protect yourself, one step at a time
Practical solutions for safeguarding your finances, your health, and your family
Build your status as an “A” player
Enhancing your visibility, skills, and even your prestige while you’re out of work
Learn to love networking
It’s not as bad as you think–-really!
Keep it from happening again
Rethinking the whole way you look at employment
Table of Contents
About the Author xv
Part I The Inner Game of Getting Laid Off 3
1 What to Expect When You’re No Longer Expected 4
2 New Career Realities and New Career Rules 10
3 You’re Still in Control 16
Part II Preparing for a Layoff 21
4 Are You on the Layoff List? 22
Voice of Experience: Rob 23
5 Financial: What to Do Before You Get Laid Off 28
6 Set the Tone for How You Leave 32
7 Plan Your Exit 38
Voice of Experience: Caroline 42
Part III Know Your Rights 47
8 What You Can Expect from a Severance Package 48
9 Stop! Just Say No 50
10 Ask for Special Treatment 56
11 A Word About Noncompete Agreements 60
12 Not That It Matters to You, but It Hurts for Them, Too 64
Part IV When You’ve Been Laid Off 69
13 Financial: Control Your Spending 70
14 What Do I Do with All This Rage? 76
Voice of Experience: Anna 82
15 The Kids Can Handle the Truth 86
16 Good Things to Remember 92
Voice of Experience: Charles 93
Voice of Experience: Simon 96
Part V Landing Your Next Job 101
17 The Importance of Having a Plan 102
18 Learn to Love Networking 108
19 Using Social Networking for Your Job Search 114
20 Build Your “A” Player Status Even Though You Are Not Employed 120
21 Talking About Your Job Loss in Interviews 126
22 How to Evaluate the Job You’ve Been Offered 132
23 Should You Take a Job with a Company That’s Laying People Off? 138
24 Go! Just Say Yes 142
Voice of Experience: Deborah 145
25 Start Your New Job with Confidence 148
Voice of Experience: Sarah 152
26 Never Be in This Situation Again 156
Part VI Appendixes 161
A Step Away from the Fridge! Reach for This Instead 162
B Greg and Martha’s List of Automatic No’s 170
Resources and Suggested Reading 174