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Building your network and continuing education are career-long opportunities

On September 23, 2013, JP Morgan Chase laid off 367 people in Metro Detroit, a region where every job counts as being mission-critical. Earlier in the year, that same company announced they would cut 15,000 jobs nationwide.

It make me think of the impact downsizing has on workers, a subject I often blog about, have personally endured and recount in my book. It is unfortunate that layoffs and downsizings happen, yet it is a fact of working life. Layoffs always happen, and always will.

So, how can employees of a century-old banking giant, or a truck plant in Toledo, or anywhere subject to business disruption ever truly prepare for such a career calamity? The key is knowing that this could happen to you, and preparing for involuntary separation long before it happens. Continue reading

What happens when you get laid off or downsized?

Middle aged woman laid off from her white collar job carries a box of her belongings.  Isolated on white.Layoffs and downsizings have been happening to people practically since the beginning of time. This happens to many good people, and quite often, more than once.

When it does happen, you may feel like a failure, a louse, a complete and utter zero. “I’m too old to start over! This is awful! My career could be over!” Then you have to tell people like your spouse, the kids, and all of your other family and friends. Things could not be worse, or so you may feel.

It is hard to realize that a layoff is not an ending, but rather, a beginning. You now have an immediate opportunity to reevaluate yourself and your career, and then plan for a new future. I have gone through this four times and almost a fifth. To me, each was an exciting time. It can be for you, too! Continue reading