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Rebound: A Proven Plan for Starting Over After Job Loss by Martha I. Finney

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Chapter 4 Are You on the Layoff List?

So many people report that being laid off came as a total surprise. One morning they show up for work as usual. An hour later they’re sitting behind their steering wheel stunned, with a box of pictures and books in the backseat.

It’s bad enough to lose your job. But to have it take you by surprise is just unfathomable. How can you read the tea leaves on something like this so that it doesn’t happen to you? Or so that it doesn’t happen to you again?

Here are some signs that you might be on a list of people to be laid off:

•   Your company has hit hard times and has publicly announced that it will institute “cost-cutting measures.”

•   Your industry sector has taken a dive on Wall Street.

•   Your company ...

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