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You’ve been pink-slipped and the temptation is to lick the wounds, disappear to the basement and complain about the unfairness of it all.

Wrong. All wrong.

When you’ve been put on a temporary "hiatus" take your cues from the movie stars who sometimes wait nine months (or longer) in-between films:

  • Don’t wait for the phone to ring.
  • Talk about yourself in the present tense.
  • Create a narrative that emphasizes success and accomplishment to indicate you’re ready to pick up where you left off.
  • Repeat the mantra: I’m smart, competent and terrific to work with. (It’s not your fault, you’re part of an historical downturn.)
  • Hire an agent. And if you can’t afford one, ask one of savviest friends to give you feedback on the way you present yourself. Act on the advice.
  • Go out of your "network" to broaden your networking (your network already knows your story).
  • Never leave the house without hoping to bump into someone (Translation: full dress battle regalia at all times).
  • Identify two to three people that are "information-traders" who will open their contact base (and heart) to you. Go to their offices and tell them how much you admire them. Before parting, ask them for introductions to other traders.
  • Research two to three companies whose history, product line, and problems would seem a logical fit for someone with your capabilities.
  • Go to your LinkedIn list and see if anyone you know is one-to-two degrees of separation to the prospective companies.
  • Ask your people to call their people (Translation: ask your network to help facilitate a face-to-face meeting).
  • Don’t send a resume. (To be continued)

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