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I've always found that no matter what the circumstances of closure, new
opportunities always left me in a better place than the place I left
behind. It's hard to remember that sometimes when you're broke and out of
work though. I agree that you should always have your resume in shape and
STC is a great place to network as well as to learn about your profession.
From: GM Vick [SMTP:gmv -at- NETCOM -dot- COM]
Sent: Friday, July 24, 1998 4:29 PM
To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
Subject: Re: Layoffs and scrounging
Well, a lot of people have said the bare truth: get your resume
circulating, and don't look back if a great opportunity comes your way.
This should be your standard practice anyway, no matter how much you love
As a person who has lived under the very real threat of layoff for the
past year, I would recommend networking hard both inside and outside of
your company, but whenever you do, do NOT dwell on the negative
possibilities that confront you. Dwell on the positive contributions you
can and do make, keep up the appearance that your company is a great place.
But you have to toughen up to the fact that every person in the company
is expendable. And when you go, anything that you don't get to walk out
the door with is gone. One important caveat: DO NOT leave any personal
files on your computer at work, ever. When layoffs happen here, they call
the employees into an office and someone comes behind them and seizes the
computer off their desk. You get no last chance to get on your system.