If you are getting laid off, there are a few things you MUST do:
1) file for unemployment immediately
2) recognize it is NOT you personally (unless deep in your heart you know you are a rectal hat)
3) begin job hunting IMMEDIATELY
4) accept that NO job is truly beneath you when it comes to survival money so file pride away immediately
5) do NOT depend on unemployment and think you will 'get a job' when it runs out, as it may run out
before you get a job
6) going off unemployment to work a temp job or interim job 'banks' your UI into the future, even
if the process can be a hassle. temp & interim jobs lead to more contacts, and more contacts
are what you need as they lead to greater chances for a permanent job.
7) tell ALL your friends you are looking -- most people get jobs thru referrals, NOT thru want ads or web sites
8) Human Resources is NOT your friend -- they are your obstacle. If you have a company in mind to work
for, get to the manager of the department directly. After all, the manager knows what is happening well
before HR ever will...
9) if you have an office-type job, try to keep your phone and voicemail active, and use that number
for messages when job hunting. looking 'employed' gives you more 'cred' than looking unemployed
10) modify your spending habits NOW. no lattes, no new clothes, no nothing. Food and shelter basics.
scale down spending as if you will not work for a year or more -- just in case...
11) stay active both physically & mentally. ride your bike, read books. enhance your skills where possible.
12) consider joining any groups that may have connections in your field like professional organizations
13) if you have excess 'stuff', now is the time to sell it on ebay or craigslist for extra cash
14) lean on your family & friends for support. don't go it alone -- you don't have to...
Over the years, I have been thru some heady recessions and watched the unemployed routinely violate
one or more of the above, only to find themselves out of cash with nowhere to turn. Rock bottom is not
where you want to be if you can avoid it.
BTW, Goldman Sachs is now forecast unemployment next year of 9%, a number I believe i had grouped
into posts here forecasting 8.5-10% unemployment next year. the Fed is claiming unemployment will be
less and growth will return in the min-next year time frame. i would not hold that up high, I believe we
will maybe get thru this by years end. government numbers are phoney anyway...