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  •  The "Stay Classy" part is very important... (1+ / 0-)
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    cassandracarolina

    Leave with dignity.  You never know who you will meet at the next (potential) employer.  Networks are very powerful and how you leave your current job will speak volumes of how you will act & perform in another position.

    Just my $.02 worth.

    What it is, is up to us. ~ Howard Rheingold

    by madame defarge on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 07:21:42 AM PDT

    •  Further thoughts... (1+ / 0-)
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      cassandracarolina

      Make sure you've tied up all loose ends and have documented what you've done.  Leave a complete status report for any projects you've been working on & send copies all the way up the chain.  And of course, keep copies for yourself.

      As you leave, thank people you've worked with, even those who might have had a hand in determining your layoff -- especially any (higher level) management types you can find.  Shake hands, be kind.  (You can swear all you want once you're in your car heading home.)  If nothing else, think of how uncomfortable it will make the execs feel when you extend your hand to them.  Be the better person.

      I've been through this & these actions helped get through the difficult time, as well as helped land another position.

      What it is, is up to us. ~ Howard Rheingold

      by madame defarge on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 07:32:48 AM PDT

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      •  excellent advice, madame defarge (2+ / 0-)
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        madame defarge, Paddy999

        I have done a number of these things. There is someting very empowering about looking an exec in the eye and saying "I'm sure that you've heard I've been let go. I appreciate all you've done to make this a better place."

        Then in my car on the way home, I could finish the thought by yelling "for your useless friends and relatives who were hired as our great technical people were laid off. I hope the company continues to crater so you have to lay THEM off, you witless jackass!!"

        Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

        by cassandracarolina on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 07:54:12 AM PDT

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