A few days ago I posted to one of my favorite e-mail forums (beware: there are usually around 1,000 e-mails sent each month) about the “We had a great year but your job no longer exists” letter, and got this brilliant reply from Angela Fowler:
One of the best tactics for weathering the storm of lay-offs is: KEEP your company phone rosters! Simple and easy way for future networking when you need it the most.
Wow, why didn’t I think of that? Probably because was too embarrassed to communicate with people who stayed at the company. But I shouldn’t have been. It’s just the way it is, and getting laid off or otherwise finding yourself in transition doesn’t make you a leper.
This applies to moving, also. Keep your old phone books, church rosters, etc. Thanks Angela!
Oh yeah, the small print. A follow-up e-mail on the thread suggested that it might be against company policy to take the phone list, as it might be “company property.” This was certainly true when I worked at the FBI. Make sure you check that out before you take the roster!