I was listening to a friend talk about his layoff this weekend…. he had zero days of transition from his last job to his new gig. He related something like this (in my own words):
There’s more to his story, but as far as this post is concerned, that is the most important thing I want to share. Since I lost my job, 8+ years ago, I have met plenty of people who have gotten a layoff notice, and had a few weeks or a few months to prepare for the next job.
I’ve also met plenty of people who have some kind of sweet severance, giving them months of normal income before their income goes away. The story I hear the most is “I’ll start looking for my next job in six months, when I get close to the severance running out.”
Folks, the time to look for a job is (personally I feel like it is ALL THE TIME, but if you hear you are getting laid off, or think you are going to get laid off, START LOOKING…) NOW!
My friend got an eight week notice, and by the end of eight weeks he had a job lined up.
That is a much better transition than I had!