Last week, I was contacted by Dave Carpenter, a business reporter from the Associated Press, who found me through this site. His story “Recession ahead? Consumers pull back, businesses feel pain” was about the economy and how it’s getting tougher out there. Seeing that both Kate and I were laid off within a half hour of each other in disparate departments before Christmas, he thought we’d be good subjects to humanize a story filled with statistics.
Dave’s professional approach made it easy to talk through our situation — a situation that isn’t doom and gloom, but one of refocusing where we want to work professionally. Ted, the local AP photographer, came out to the house as well to take some 50 pictures of our environment, but we haven’t seen one to link to just yet.
We were bumped from the third paragraph of the story to the very end of a (long) story. And that’s OK; I understand editing — and the fact that doom, gloom, and disaster are what sells newspapers and creates ratings on news shows. And our situation isn’t about doom and gloom; rather it is about having been prepared, making use of our time off together, and refocusing our careers on what we want to be doing.
Here’s what didn’t make it into the story because the story was about the economy and not about being laid off:
Here’s what didn’t make it into the story on the economy part:
This site is about Career Management for Cubicle Warriors. In the article, Dave noted that I ironically maintain this site about career management. While ironic, I also follow my own advice. No one can be protected from a layoff no matter where you work in the world of cubicles; there are just different probabilities of being laid off depending upon your circumstances.
Following the advice on this site can give you a better career, a better understanding of your risks of layoff, and how to be best prepared in case you are laid off. I want you to thrive in a cubicle and my objective of this site is to champion the Cubicle Warrior.