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After the layoff: Day 3…

The SEP (Someone Else’s Problem) force field is fully in place today.

For the first couple of days, things occurred to me that might need doing on Fallen Earth. I had to remind myself: It’s someone else’s problem now. I’ve got enough to do! Today, the old responsibilities at Fallen Earth are already becoming a distant memory. I don’t know whether to be sad or thrilled that it seems so easy to let it go. It had all seemed so terribly important up until about 8:35 a.m. Monday morning.

Now, I’m up to my elbows in designing a couple of iPhone games while I respond to recruiter inquiries and send off resumes to potential employers.

Some advice that I’m heeding and sharing:

* Get your house in order: Keep things as neat as possible around the house. Don’t let clutter and chaos overwhelm.

* Act like it’s any other day, work-wise: Follow your normal daily schedule. Get to bed at a reasonable hour, wake when you usually do, and get dressed in clothes that would be appropriate for the job you were in or are after. You still have a job, after all. That job might be getting a job, but it’s still important to maintain that employed sensibility. Treat yourself better than moping around in a bathrobe and slippers, slumping on the couch. Shower, dress, and get to work selling your resume.

* Don’t wait for the old employer to reconsider: Bad idea to obsess with your phone and email, expecting the people who let you go to suddenly realize they’ve made a terrible mistake and come crawling back to you. They cut you loose, for whatever reason, and kept others instead. They don’t want you. You shouldn’t want them, either. It’s true in romantic relationships; it’s just as true in business. Move on.

* Don’t smacktalk or trash the old employer: You might be angry. Maybe you’re hurt. Hearing the words “We’re letting you go” is traumatic. So, it might make you feel better in the short term to launch belligerent tirades and campaigns of truth. While this almost certainly promises to provide a brief spike in drama around you, it’s also creating a cloud that will follow you to the NEXT potential employer. Who wants to invite that kind of venom into their company?

* Stay open to all opportunities: Don’t close your mind. Don’t say “I was doing X, and I want to keep doing X because that’s what I’ve been doing.” Maybe you’ve been given an opportunity to reconsider your options. You’ve come to a fork in life’s road. What you choose to do next and where you choose to go to do it are major choices, possibly just as life-changing and traumatic as the layoff itself. But you’ve got to be ready for anything, so that you’ve got a chance at everything.

* Take a breather: Avoid stressing yourself out too much about the need to get a job. If you’ve filed for unemployment and begun the job search, nothing’s served by hunching in front of the computer for hours on end, waiting for email responses. Use the time to get out, enjoy the day, get fresh air, and exercise. Watch a movie. Play a video game. Hang out with friends. You need to relax when you can. It helps.

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  1. Lord Murder of Death Mountain
    November 10, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    “Watch a movie. Play a video game…”

    Just not Fallen Earth. >_>

    • November 10, 2010 at 6:16 pm

      Well, no, not Fallen Earth 🙂

      But I do have Fallout: New Vegas and Diablo II for distractions.

  2. November 11, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    I don’t imagine it’s as cheerful news as it might’ve otherwise been, but FYI, right about the same time the layoff was going down, I was bringing back http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wes_Platt from the dead. So, y’know there’s that. :/

    • November 11, 2010 at 4:22 pm

      That’s pretty cool, thanks. However, I’ve been divorced from Joy since 2008. Might need to update! 🙂

  3. November 11, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Oh, oops. Fixed. While we’re at it, can you confirm or deny that the MUD named Infinity that you landed on circa ’94 is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infinity_(LPMud) ?

    • November 11, 2010 at 4:49 pm

      That looks like the one, yep!

  4. November 11, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Cool, thanks. 🙂

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