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No one likes to think about layoffs. The best way to survive a layoff, though, is to prepare and protect yourself ahead of time:

  • Bundle files and update your résumé. If you have personal files on your computer, copy them and take them home. Locate copies of your performance appraisals and other personnel records. Scan your e-mail and files, so you can update your résumé with any accomplishments or new skills. Think about whom you might want to use as a reference.
  • Take advantage of any benefits to which you are entitled. Schedule appointments to address any dental or medical needs, especially if you’ve already met your deductibles. If you have a flexible spending account, turn in all outstanding claims to avoid forfeiting any balances. Know exactly how much vacation you’ve used, and that you’ve taken credit for your holidays.
  • Spend at least one to two hours a day networking. Call your friends, former coworkers and clients. Attend your professional association meetings. Remember that those whom you help now could be helpful to you in the future.
  • Keep up with the standards within the admin profession. Check print and online job postings: Are there any gaps in your experience or skill base?
  • Stay positive and place yourself in a position of strength. Remember, change can bring about hardship and anxiety if you try to avoid it, but tremendous opportunity if you accept and welcome it.

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