A Business week columnist presented what she calls “etiquette tips” for those who are laid-off as well as those who survive. Go here to read the column.
A few key ideas:
- When you’re laid off, write a few personal notes to colleagues in your current and recent jobs. Talk about why you enjoyed the business relationship. Don’t be afraid to ask for help with your job search.
- And when friends get laid off, the most helpful thing you can do is to pass along their resumes. Offer specific leads and connections, if you have them.
I would add:
Don’t offer advice unless you’re specifically asked. Unsought advice usually does more harm than good. And if you are laid off, don’t ask for advice from friends, family and colleagues. Ask for information. My rule of thumb is, “Network for information and pay for advice.”
If a close friend or family member has been laid off, send them a gift certificate for career coaching. That will be more helpful than a few luxury lunches. (Of course, an occasional treat will do wonders for their morale.) Other gifts might include a relaxing massage, an Amazon gift certificate or a gift certificate at an office supply store.
Joke gifts will backfire. When I was just starting my business, very conscious of cash flow, a friend sent me a silly book. Normally I would smile but at that time, I could have used a gift certificate at Amazon to buy some books I really needed.
Finally, anyone who’s laid off might consider an Internet business. I’ve listed a few ways to get started on this page: http://www.cathyrecommends.com
It’s easy to get scammed on the Internet. I’ve checked out these sources and they’re legit. I would start with Derek Gehl’s weekend course. I would also subscribe to Connie Ragen Green’s free teleseminars.