Layoffs 3.0: What a difference a day makes

Yesterday, I lost my job–and, somewhat to my surprise, the whole blogosphere heard about it.

Here’s how my life has shifted in one day:
2 PM, Tuesday–finishing lunch with a large group of co-workers before we all peel off in different directions. Biggest issues are I have no computer and no personal cell phone. Gotta fix that.
2 PM, Wednesday–Typing this on the blog before heading out to see a very entrepenurial friend with several great projects under his belt; buying that phone/device before heading to Y to give back the old one.Â
Tuesday: Freaked out, but acknowledging the chance to use this situation to create something new and good(while mourning security, loss of paycheck and end of time at Y). Lots of people offering to talk/helping. Accepting with gratitude. Feeling rotten and resilent at the same time.
Wednesday: Computer hooked up, printer ready to go, home office dusted off; starting to think about what’s next in terms of both making an impact and paying the bills. Talks with two folks agreeing we’ll talk more, not able to get everything done quickly enough that I thought I’d be able to do today. Â Hopeful the new phone, when I get it, transitions to my old number fairly quickly; if not, no one will be able to reach me.
Clearly, I’ve begun to move on. What B en Clements called the second stage of (job loss) grief–acceptance, integration.
Susan says: I’m thinking about doing a series of posts–here or on another blog–about the experience of moving from a big corporate company into consultant/entrepeneur and perhaps job-seeker mode. Â What do you all think? Worth doing? Interesting? Or…ho-hum, don’t bother? comments, please

(Note: For all you folks with the great take a vacation wishes–I will, eventually–I plan to focu instead on some social lunches and time at the gym as that opportunity to recharge.)

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  1. Mr. Kim Berry - Programmers Gu says:

    Hi, I saw your blog in BusinessWeek. Bill Gates and Larry Ellison are lobbying congress for more H-1b foreign workers, claiming that they have thousands of positions that they are unable to fill. I recommend that you organize a “group application” for the jobs at those and other sites, and I wish you all luck. (I know many of you must have large mortgages.)
    I would also like to track the Yahoo victims. Please enter your profile at if you support the H-1b reforms that it calls for. The Programmers Guild will also use this as the means for asking people to apply to job postings to be part of class action settlements against companies that use H-1b to displaces American workers.

  2. mike says:

    Regarding the series of posts – well worth doing IMHO.
    couple of good reasons as i see it;
    – show a possible path for others who experience a similar thing at a later date
    – allow your audience (now probably much larger) to help as a sounding board for ideas, point out weakness or possatives you have not seen

  3. Lisa Williams says:

    I agree it would be a good thing. When I talk to journalists about new career norms, one of the biggest mental shifts is away from the idea of a hierarchical career — small paper, medium paper, big paper — to a more high-tech pattern of big company, small company, medium company, startup — in any order that advances your career in the direction you want to go with your life.

  4. vanderwal says:

    Blogging the changes would be good & beneficial to many. I wished I had blogged my transition 2 plus years ago. I also wished I kept better notes.

  5. Brad Neuberg says:

    Susan is both amazing at what she does and an amazing person. Frankly I’m surprised that Yahoo let you go — it’s their loss. I don’t know if you’re spiritual but I always liked the phrase “God doesn’t close doors without opening a window,” which I’ve found true. Feel free to ping me if there is some way I can help you.

  6. Mark Alexander says:

    I’d be interested in your writings about job- and career-changes. It’s a subject that’s been on my mind for a while.
    I’m sorry to hear about the layoff, but I suppose it wasn’t a huge surprise. I’m confident your connections and optimism will see you through this in good shape.

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