2. You’ve Been Fired, Now What?

OK, it happened. The axe falls. No matter how much you’ve prepared for this moment or know that the market is to blame, you’re still human. It’s an emotional assault. It just doesn’t feel right. Your boss and the HR person may have met with you. There are an infinite number of reasons to explain the separation: It’s not working out, it’s a numbers’ game, you’ve been downsized or made redundant, there’s been a RIF (also known as a reduction in force for the uninitiated), or your firm is cutting heads as a by-product of a takeover or merger. No matter what the reason, it’s over. Now you have to move on. It won’t be easy, it won’t be quick to re-position yourself, and it certainly won’t be pain free...which means ...

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