4 Things to Grab as You're Being Laid Off & 1 Thing to Leave Behind


Take the Employee Manual

They may be kicking you out, but make sure youve read the fine print. Go over the company manual to confirm that you were given everything you were entitled to. And if not, dont be afraid to dispute their severance package. Double-check policies to make sure they arent cheating you out of some of the perks to which you are entitled.
Grzegorz Lepiarz

Take Clips of Your Work

Keep a file folder handy with clips, memos, reviews, and other important documents that attest to your work ethic, value, and accomplishments. These wont save your job, but they will be invaluable as you begin searching for new work. Grab it before you go. (Or, if possible, keep such documents at home.) Also, keep a record of how much business you brought in, money you saved the company, awards you won, or clips of projects and events you planned. Youll wow potential employers with tangible proof of your abilities.

Take Personal Mementos

Dont leave anything personal behind when youre handed a pink slip. Clear out personal photos and cards that youve accumulated assume your office wont send them to you once youre gone. If youve also been saving any personal documents (like your wedding guest list or online bank statements) on your office computer, youll want to be sure to remove those as well.
Donna Elkow-Nash

Take Your Rolodex

Youve built up a list of loyal clients and contacts over your tenure. Theres no reason to leave these priceless names and numbers behind. Consider syncing your contacts into a file on your computer that you can easily download to a flash drive when youre in a hurry to clear out your cubicle.

Leave Behind Your Forwarding Information

Once they cut off your work e-mail and seize the company-issued BlackBerry, your former colleagues may not have any way to reach you. Be sure to pass along a personal e-mail and phone number so you can stay in touch with old bosses and coworkers. Try not to take your pink slip personally you may need old colleagues as references when looking for new work. So dont burn any bridges on your way out.
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