Pre-Layoff Checklist

Knowing that my position is being eliminated in a few weeks, I’m doing my usual routine when faced with a challenging situation: get organized and create a list of some sort.

Just by way of self-indulgent therapy, I thought I’d blog about it.

So here, for your viewing pleasure, are some of the complete-before-you-are-officially-laid-off to-do items that I’ve got on my list:

  • Notify colleagues at my company (work in progress — that’s a whole separate list)
  • Update resumé
  • Explore my “wish list” of internal development courses that I always meant to take but never had time for — now is the time!
  • Update LinkedIn profile
  • Scour LinkedIn for colleagues from Reaching Out MBA, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, and other assorted colleagues from different organizations — build a list of people to reconnect with (or hopefully in most cases, follow up on recent contact and share that I’m likely to be available for hire soon)
  • Set daily alerts on job hunting websites — ideally I want to find a new job with my same employer, but I can’t afford to not explore options
  • Schedule doctor and dentist appointments — I’ve lived in NYC for almost two years and I have still been using my Charlotte providers while on work trips!  Time to hurry up and find NYC providers, and get all routine appointments done while I reliably have insurance (just in case)
  • Schedule annual veterinary visits for the dogs — no, this isn’t relevant to my employer-provided insurance, but hey, I’m about to have plenty of time!


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