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Five Things to Take With You When You've Been Laid Off

Five Things to Take With You When You've Been Laid Off

The economy shed 159,000 jobs in September, which is the most in a one-month period since 2003. Layoffs are becoming a real possibility, and whether or not you think you're likely to go first it's important to consider what would happen if the next pink slip is pointed at you. The news of job loss may shake you up, so workplace guru Liz Ryan reminds us of five things to remember when a pink slip has been served.

  1. Contacts: If you don't already have your database of contacts backed up, do so immediately so you can begin using that network to help you find a new job.
  2. Layoff letter: Get something in writing from your employer to speed up processing at the unemployment office.
  3. Your last paycheck: In addition to asking about your last paycheck, make sure you're paid for any time off you haven't taken.
  4. COBRA information: If you're left without health insurance and don't have other options, you'll need COBRA registration paperwork to get coverage.
  5. Recommendation letter: Assuming you're being laid off for financial reasons, be sure to ask your boss if you can use her as a reference and try to get a letter before you leave.


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UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
God, I look at that woman in the picture and I can't help but remember that that's where I was the day after New Year's. I'll never forget crying on the plane from Boston all the way to San Francisco on New Year's Day after a dismal two-week holiday break, knowing I would be fired the next day. I had the first four items in check, but I asked them for a reference six months later, and they were very cold about it. I managed to acquire it from them in a civil fashion. Even though I've moved on with other jobs, I have yet to heal from that experience.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that these are all really smart things. the other thing that you might want to think about taking is a portfolio or examples of your work. i've found that in interviews, even when you're not in a creative position, you're asked to show examples of presentations that you've done or in my case media plans - and i think that it's never too soon to put some stuff on a flash drive just in case.
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 8 years
you forgot the excessive stack of post it notes!! :rotfl: I def. agree sushi, its best to stay calm and collected with your boot out the door.
sushibananas sushibananas 8 years
I think another thing to take with you is your you handle the news will help you take away these five items. If you can keep your cool, remain professional and cordial, rather than freaking out and going down kicking and screaming, you are more likely to get all the references and items you need to help you move on to another job.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
it would be tough to remember these things in a situation where you get laid off and are expected to exit the building immediately if you anticipate your job might be in jeopardy, i would write this down and also back-up the contacts immediately i know you're also not allowed to take much with you when you are escorted off the premises, so i would also suggest to take home things now that you can get away with, like old notebooks with information you've written / notes taken, business cards you have accumulated, copies of your accomplishments etc. that way they won't see you taking anything, but it's all information that you're legally allowed to have in your possession
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