Should you take a break? Jump right in to finding a new job?
No idea. I didn't (with 2 layoffs under belt), but don't know if it would have made a difference.
How can your family and friends help?
Was the help the company offered you (outplacement, etc.) useful?
Nope, complete joke. Execs hire these firms to assuage their guilt, not to perform any useful function. What really pissed me off was a@@hole CEO walking around saying how sorry he was people were let go. I think he will regret this if he ever ends up pitching a deal to me......
What financial advice can you offer? What should/did you do?
What should you NOT do?
Buy that Audi R8
When did you start looking for another position?
How painful was finding another position?
meh, i think by the time it comes to a layoff everyone knows it, so in some ways it's a relief. the uncertainty is not fun.
What should someone be emotionally prepared for?
Emotions? I'm a scientist.....
How did you spend your typical day? What behaviors do you think were helpful or not helpful?
most useful, getting out every day playing tennis or bball with a buddy. anyone tells you finding a job is a 40 hour/week occupation is a fool. Lots of waiting around. May as well stay fit. Not helpful, sitting around being bitter (tried that, no one cares).
Have you found new work? What was helpful there?
yup! biggest help was getting the heck out of chemistry. It's really a shame that chemistry's a dying profession in this country, at least near term.
CJ here again. Thanks to bbooooooya for writing in and best wishes to all of us.
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