Most people don’t expect to be laid off, but for anyone who’s been through it (raising my hand!), it often comes when you’d least expect it.
For me, it came on a Monday morning in the form of a sticky note from my immediate supervisor that said to meet her in the hallway.
I knew right away that she was giving me a heads up about the “meeting” I would be called into later that day. These so-called meetings had been happening a lot at my company, but I just assumed after working there for 15 years that I was safe.
Take it from me – I was wrong, and your job is not safe either.
Sure, there aren’t 2009 levels of layoffs going on right now, but for industries still feeling the economic sting, you may find yourself saying, “that cubicle wasn’t empty yesterday, was it?” or “what happened to Jane from accounting?”
As much as we try to be prepared in case of a rainy day, when that day does come, it’s easy to slip into panic mode, and start making rash financial decisions like borrowing from your 401(k) or maxing out your credit cards.
Lucky for me, my layoff was the push I needed to take my side freelance business to the next level. In other words, I had a backup plan ready to go.
In order to keep your financial future secure in the event of unexpected unemployment, you need to have a game plan.
Here’s what you should do if you’re laid off -– and what you should do now, while you’re still working -to be as prepared as possible for an unexpected pink slip.
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