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How to cope with a layoff

You know, being laid off isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Now, I may be singing a different tune in a few weeks as the funds start running low, but I think I’m handling things quite well.

1) Be nice.It does no good to burn any bridges with anyone back at The Daily Planet. I don’t think I could just because they are all like family and they all want me to do well. So I’m keeping in contact with them.

2) Get out the bullhorn. I made a big announcement to friends and contacts I’ve made throughout the community, and asked them to keep their eyes and ears open for anything for which I might be capable. I’ve been really amazed at how much support I’ve had so far. Lots of well wishes and lots of very good references have come forward. I’m very lucky to have had a job in which I met and got along with so many people who are so active in the city. To just up and leave would be kind of silly.

3) Self-assess I’m at the age in which the next thing I’m going to search for will not be another job, but rather a career, something I want to do. I’m going to evaluate my skill set and see what’s out there for me. I believe trying to stay in a job in newspaper journalism, at this point, would be like trying to find a career with the Pony Express.

4) Take odd jobs Kid-watching, housesitting, dog-walking, freelancing – that’s all stuff I can do.

5) Organize Well, it looks like I’ve got plenty of time to clean the home now. Blarf.

6) Volunteer This is one of the things I’m excited about doing; taking some time to volunteer. Again, I’ve put my name out to serve on a few things here and there. This will allow me to serve my community, contribute ideas, and also network.

Anyone else out there have suggestions?

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