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Rebound: A Proven Plan for Starting Over After Job Loss by Martha I. Finney

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Chapter 10 Ask for Special Treatment

The following true story probably happens much more frequently than we know. It’s just not the kind of thing that tends to get around. A senior vice president of HR was overseeing a massive layoff in a very large company. As she was reviewing the names of the employees who were selected to be terminated, she noticed one particular man who had a special situation. He had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. He was still at work, but everyone knew that it wouldn’t be long before he could no longer perform the tasks of his job. This wasn’t the reason why he was on the list; the fact that he was scheduled to be laid off was coincidental. But when the HR exec spotted his name, she put her foot down, saying, “There’s ...

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