Work in Progress: Laid Off?

Some dos and don'ts

Being laid off is one of life's great traumas--and lots of people are experiencing it. Job cuts from January through May totaled more than 650,000. That's 39,000 more than the number recorded in all of last year. A person who has been fired will pass through many of the same stages as those who are divorcing or who have just found out they have a terminal illness: deny the reality, hide out, feel betrayed by fate. Consequently, many people stall like mad rather than get on with life, making crazy decisions they will later regret. As the CEO of Challenger, Gray...

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