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MY STORY

The Emotional Phases of Unemployment

Houston . . . we have a problem.

That was the first thought that crossed my mind when my boss summoned me to his office on the evening of March 19, 2012. I had been waiting for him to weigh in on changes to the weekly roundup newsletter I wrote. It was not unusual for him to put me off for hours even though he knew I was under a tight deadline.

My stomach filled with butterflies as I left my cubicle. Approaching his desk, I saw him looking at me with his signature blank stare. I instinctively knew this was the end. I crossed his office threshold and felt a fan of air against my back as an invisible hand shut the door behind me. The HR business leader took a seat next to me. I didn’t take my eyes ...

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