There is power in being prepared

What if, when you got laid off, you had a resume that was ready to go.  Completely updated, with all the right wording, all the right statements, and the right message.

What if, when you got laid off, you had a strong, large network of professional contacts who were ready and anxious to help you find your next gig.

What if, when you got laid off, you had a collection of wins you wrote down from your prior jobs… stuff you could use to create your story and show your differentiated value-add in an interview?

What if, when you got laid off, you knew exactly how to communicate your “elevator pitch,” or “30 second commercial.”

What if, when you got laid off, you knew how much time to spend on job boards, with the classified, on LinkedIn, and at face-to-face networking groups, and what to do in each place to minimize the length of your job search.

What if, when you got laid off, you knew exactly how you would handle your 401k and the lack of company-sponsored health insurance?

What if, when you got laid off, you knew of other resources you could tap into to expedite networking or job offers.

What if, when you got laid off, ….

Get the point?

You don’t have to wait until you get laid off before you start to prepare.

I didn’t prepare because I was too busy giving 110% to my employer, who I thought would surely take care of me.

I should have prepared ahead of time.  You can start now!

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