Surviving Your Layoff
If there’s even the remote possibility that you’ll get laid off soon—that is, if you have a job—pick up the May 2009 issue of Women’s Health and read the article I was recently quoted in, "Just Fired? What To Do Next." Guys, pick up a copy for the ladies in your lives and read it together. The dos and don’ts for dealing with this devastating news apply to everyone.
For example, as I mention in the article, avoid casting yourself as the victim when sharing your layoff story with friends and family. Badmouthing your former employer or work situation only drains your energy and makes you feel worse.
Instead, try putting a positive spin on the situation. Make statements like, “hey, I had a good run. It’s time for something new.” Staying upbeat and optimistic will not only help you stay motivated to start over, but it will also make others more likely to help you.