The holidays are over; it's the dawning of a brand new year. You show

up to the office in 2009 with a fresh approach, a bright outlook, and

maybe even some new duds that Santa dropped off on Christmas morning.

Then right after morning coffee you find yourself in the bosses' office

and getting the business end of a budget-cutting axe.


thought, but with the current economic free fall, it's a real

possibility. If it does happen, make sure you handle the situation

correctly or things can escalate from bad to restraining order

terrible in a matter of moments.

Here are some things to remember when facing the bearer of bad news.

  1. Don't fall apart

    your chin up and take the news like an adult. Sure you'd like to cry on

    the spot, beg the boss for your job, or slide him a blank check to

    reconsider the whole situation but it just makes you look like a

    liability and it confirms that firing you is the right move. Plus, that

    approach didn't work when you got passed up for promotion, why would it work now? No crying, sobbing, begging or bribing. Keep your composure and emotions in check.

  2. Don't go down swinging

    isn't a personal attack; it's just business. Don't turn the situation

    into a confrontation and don't ever make it physical or bring in other

    uninvolved parties like coworkers or security. It's bad enough you are

    unemployed you don't need to be involved in a police investigation.

    Plus, your boss could probably take you in one punch. You don't want to

    be fired AND embarrassed.

  3. Don't sink the entire ship

    rat on your friends and coworkers and don't start pointing fingers.

    Remember that former coworkers are also potential contacts for future

    employment. John from accounting isn't going to hook you up with a name

    at his brother's company if you tell the boss he is busy updating his

    Twitter page all day.

  4. Don't turn to sabotage

    you are out the door, don't start bad mouthing the company to their

    clients and competition. Don't burn bridges if you want to work in this

    field in the future. It could come back to bite you on the can. If

    anything, be as nice about the situation as possible. Kill them with


  5. Don't wreck the place

    they are nice enough to let you clean out your desk and grab some

    documents off the computer, don't damage company property. Just grab

    your personal items, email all important contacts to your personal

    account (you really should have done that weekly) and leave the place

    like you are just going away for the weekend. Stay calm and quietly say

    goodbye to friends and coworkers.

  6. Don't seek vengeance

    for your boss outside his home, threatening ex-coworkers or their

    family or just returning to the workplace with the intent to harm are

    all bad ideas. It's just a job. It's not worth losing your life or

    taking the life of another. Things are never as bad as they seem.


should stay in the good graces of your former employer. They will come

in handy for references, networking, and even when filing for

unemployment. The most important thing to remember after losing your

job is that it could be for the best. When one door closes, another

opens, and you could be just days away from an even better job.

Written on 1/12/2009 by Chris Illuminati. Chris is a freelance writer and editor of 9 to Fried, a blog dedicated to helping people at work waste as much company time as possible.

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