Laid Off After 50: 5 Dos and a Don't

Learn the steps you should take today if you want to be competitive tomorrow

by Jon Friedman • Next Avenue
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A few months ago, I got let go, along with a dozen or so colleagues. I was a victim of massive budget cuts by my employer where I’d worked for more than 13 happy and productive years.

So I’ve started blogging about what I went through — and continue to experience — as a way to help people who've recently lost their jobs.

A New Life Without a Corporate Office
Since my layoff, I’ve learned that your life changes dramatically when you no longer have an office to go to every day.

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But it isn’t all bad or bad at all, really.

You know something? Once you get over the initial shock of a layoff, you start to appreciate the verities of working from home — for yourself.

One Big Advantage Working From Home
For one thing, your commute becomes much shorter, if not cheaper. Consider my instructive example.

It used to take me an average of 37 minutes to go from my Manhattan apartment to my employer’s headquarters. Make that 38 minutes and, oh, 31 seconds when I stopped to buy a black-and-white cookie at the Evergreen Diner.

Nowadays, I’ve found that I need roughly 7 seconds to stride from my bedroom to the desk in the living room. And I am never tempted to wolf down a fattening, delicious cookie.

I’ve also learned you need to follow a few basic rules after losing your job in your 50s.

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