I no longer have a job to worry about (today, I’m self-employed and have other problems…), but allow me to share my own job layoff story with you from way back when.
Scary things are beginning to happen around here as the harsh realities of recession begin to hit closer to home.
At this time, I’m personally encountering more and more people who are hurting because of the effects of the shrinking economy. Here in Silicon Valley, there’s practically nobody I know now who isn’t either laid off, worried about being laid off in the near term, or is in the middle of an active job hunt. Just last week, a dear friend was involuntarily released from his job, while others are debating whether they should take some work time off because “business is slowing down” and they’d rather prepare for what they think is the inevitable.
My Own Job Layoff Story
What I’m seeing here is a much more broad-based recession than the one I remember in 2000. Seven years ago, I was laid off from my position at a Silicon Valley startup because of the dot com bust. The company I worked for imploded painfully after 4 waves of lay offs. I stuck with the company till the bitter end, being one of the core managers and early employees of the company, so I had to participate in the layoff process from both sides of the desk. I had to lay off people in the first 3 waves, and finally, as was expected, I was let go on the last wave as the company itself shut down altogether. It was definitely a sad and stunning process to live through, especially since it was one place I truly enjoyed working 14 hours a day at 😉 . But those are the risks and vagaries of startups. Startups and recessions prove to be a lethal combination, unfortunately: they just don’t mix well.
So as the recession hits, we’ve gone from foreclosures, tighter credit, plummeting housing prices, failing banks, crashing stock markets to the dreaded layoffs. The last thing that stands between us and the food line is our cash flow, and once that’s at risk, it’ll be like landing in the final circle of doom in Dante’s Inferno (for some). Speaking of lethal…. More and more are resorting to extreme behavior when their livelihood is threatened. Yet one more tragic indicator of how far this economy has fallen?
Job Loss Tracker and Where To Get Your Next Job
More signs and symptoms of our weakening economy include this Job Layoff Tracker from Techcrunch that I stumbled upon recently. But don’t panic just yet, as there are many options available to those on the lookout for new jobs, which I promise to cover in detail sometime this week. In the meantime, if you’re needing a job or wanting to be proactive about your employment situation, you can check out a few online resources such as Monster.com, Job.com, Resume Rabbit and Snag A Job. It never hurts to be one step ahead of the game.
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