Things to do if you get laid off

23 Mar

I have compiled my very own post-lay-off-to-do list and if such an unfortunate fate were ever to befall you, this might be a start. So here goes

  • First and foremost, freely curse your employer in the privacy of your home. You’d be surprised at the level of profanity you can achieve. Trust me, its very liberating.
  • Be completely honest about the situation, to yourself as well as others even prospective employers.
  • Go shopping, but mind you, do it before your severance pay runs out so you’ll feel less guilty later.
  • Try something that you’ve never done before for e.g – attend a spiritual lecture, go to the mall and photograph random people(you might want to ask for permission beforehand, you can never tell someone’s sensitivity level) and then figure out who they look like from the images, read all the spam and junk email you get, watch a foreign language TV channel etc
  • Send an email to someone you havent written to for at least the last 5 years. You’ll not only spend a few hours trying to figure out the right words but also what they looked like. Double check that its the correct person before clicking the send button.
  • Think about that one thing on your desire list that you’ve been postponing for ever, now’s the time to do it!!
  • Finally, remember that its only your job that’s over, not your life. But if you are one of those my-job-is-my-life kind of people, then you better work on that resume!!

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5 Responses to “Things to do if you get laid off”

  1. Swaram March 24, 2009 at 12:43 am #

    Nice blog! Ur baby is so adorable. Loved all the pics.

    Well compiled list here.

  2. Tanuja Deo March 24, 2009 at 8:21 am #

    Some more things from my list……..
    – do something that you were always afraid to learn/do and just go for it (cooking and coding in my case)
    – new thing you can try….. learn a new language, volunteer with your local community (SNAP for Sunnyvale residents

  3. Tanuja Deo March 24, 2009 at 8:23 am #

    BTW, forgot to comment on the main post…. very well done. good list. I’m waiting for the other list now… what was it? something you mentioned last week???!!!

  4. Rashmi March 24, 2009 at 10:50 am #

    This one cracked me up.. Items 1,4,5 and 7 on your list were very funny and creative..

  5. Anjali March 28, 2009 at 12:35 pm #

    This is so close to home!! I kind of lived through something similar after our company annouced we had 2 mnths to look for another job… I was the “my-job-is-my-life” kinds and immediately took up the first job i got πŸ™‚ .. Only to realise what a loss i was at all along..
    This post was awesome! Very well written!..
    From my list i would add…
    Take up another job asap and quit! It gives u such a rush! πŸ™‚

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