What would you do if you were laid off?

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Only yesterday I mentioned the importance of having a plan ‘b’ in case of being made redundant.

I’ve received some great comments, so thank you.

Watch this video (only 2 minutes) and see if it changes your thoughts!

Video Transcript:

Person 1: I got to work in the morning, uh, 10 o’clock phone call, uh, and an email.

Person 2: There was no sign that anything was coming, I was as busy as I would have been on and in the other day.

Curtis Glade: We’re kind of joking about it nervously but at the back of my mind it was like it’s, a distinct possibility

Person 4: I mean everybody’s lapse were coming.

Kevin Carnes: The jobs that we got easily before were a little harder to come by.

Person 6: You just could feel it coming down, you just feel everyone’s assholes just tightening up.

Curtis Glade: And I got this little, you know, beep on my phone

Bob Wicks: And the HR person came in with their hatchet and closed my door

Curtis Glade: They’re like, yeah, I’m sorry, it’s time…

Person 8: Yeah, they let me down?

Person 1: We can’t keep you

Person 8: This is not going to work out

Person 4: It’s not you, it’s not your work

Person 6: And I was so pissed because I didn’t see it coming

Bob Wicks: It was a tough day

Person 9: If I wouldn’t have seen the writing on the wall, reality for me would have been that I have to leave the country.

Person 10: All I could eek out was, do you know where I could find a box?

Curtis Glade: I think deep down it was sort of a liberating feeling

Person 10: Having left the ad agency world just gave me time to do other stuff in my life

Person 11: The day that I walked out, I walked into my own company.

Person 2: I recognized something has changed in me.

Curtis Glade: I think a lot of people have this list of, if I can only do this.

Kevin Carnes: Because I had so much time, I was able to take up anything really pretty seriously.

Person 1: You’ve got time to plan your daughter’s wedding, you finally see your kids again, you eat 3 meals a day.

Person 6: I got laid off and I took my clothes off, posted nude with a bearskin rug and started a website called malecopywriter.com.

Person 2: I got laid off and I changed my gender

Person 4: I got laid off and I started doing my life’s work

Curtis Glade: My name is Curtis Glade and I’m a documentary film maker

Bob Wicks: My name is Bob Wicks and I am a coffee roaster.

Person 8: I’m a wholistic healthcaster and yoga instructor.

Kevin Carnes: My name is Kevin Carnes and I’m an artist.

Curtis Glade: I got laid off and I’m finally doing something that I think matters…


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10 Responses to What would you do if you were laid off?

  1. Ms. Freeman January 14, 2010 at 4:22 pm #

    This video says it all. As much as we want to be loyal (and we should be) to the company that pays our salary we have to- have-to have- to be looking out for ourselves first. We know what type of economical times we are in and to sit and think that we will get out of it unscathed is quite possibly the definition of insanity.

    WE should all be weaving a net of some sort 🙂
    .-= Ms. Freeman@ The Baby Steps of an Internet Entrepreneur´s last blog ..A Plea On Behalf of Haiti =-.

    • Andrew Rondeau
      January 15, 2010 at 11:15 am #

      Ms. Freeman

      You are so right. We do have to look out for ourselves. Get as much training from the company as your can. Get a mentor. And start your plan B. No-one is ever safe, not today, not in todays world.


  2. Chris Peterson January 15, 2010 at 12:37 pm #

    Your video teaches everything indirectly. Always it’s our response when company pay to us, we should do better to give profit to the company as per as our possible. And we should stand with bad or good time with company.

  3. Ruth - Web Career Girl January 15, 2010 at 1:50 pm #

    Great video. I’ve not been laid off but I did have a hard time finding a job for a while. And I’m glad because it gave me time to write, to blog and ultimately build my career online 🙂
    .-= Ruth – Web Career Girl´s last blog ..The Benefits of Fixed Working Hours in Your Web Career =-.

  4. Walter January 16, 2010 at 4:12 am #

    Thank you for this short but inspirational video. Though I find it unimaginable to experience being laid-off, I had my plan B setup last year. 🙂

  5. Dennis Edell January 16, 2010 at 10:01 pm #

    ARG still no sound here…
    .-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..Have You Given To Haitian Relief? =-.

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