Being a part of the whole layoff scene can give you a different mindset, whether you are an active participant or a passive one.
Like any other company, mine is also sailing through the same rough waters and resorting to cost-cutting and work force reduction. Early hours yesterday, I got a message from a night shift employee about this and the rest of my night was nightmare of getting laid off, unemployment and poverty. But the blow was when I reached office and saw the email. Another blow when I heard the names of employees who got laid off.
Also heard "the man" saying that being a part of a lay off is difficult, from either side, more difficult as a employer to hand out a pink slip. Well, I have not experienced that side of it yet. But fear of being on the side I am in, is as traumatizing. Its like standing on a tall tower and balancing on a pin point. The moment you lose focus, you come crashing down.
Hey, its not yet the end of the world! Another colleague who was a part of a lay off a few years back said, his entire company went belly up and the whole lot went for a huge party that night and got drunk. Hmmm, some people don't fight for survival. They just do a job. That's why it is probably so easy.
If you get laid off:
-Just chill for a week, travel.
-Make your resume and contact consultants the 2nd week.
-Start giving interviews from the 3rd week. Give interviews for experience and to get the confidence.
-Then when you are interviewing for "that" job you desired, you can feel the dejavu.
-Enjoy the period between getting the offer letter and joining.