On Tuesday morning, October 30, I walked into a meeting with my new manager and was told my position and almost my entire seven-person department had been eliminated, due to a business decision to outsource the meeting planning function. Walking back to my desk and saying goodbye to my shocked employees was a devastating experience. It was my very first layoff in 20 years of corporate work, and I was caught completely off guard. So that you won't be, here's some advice about how to prepare ...

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