When your security has been shaken, a solid plan is the best way to ensure that you are operating from a position of strength. Here is a checklist to follow both before (or after) you have lost your job. Don’t get caught off guard!
Understand your talent profile. This includes your skills, interests, aptitudes and the optimum working culture for your values and personality.
Have a long-term plan. Know where you want to be 5, 10, 15 even 30 or 40 years down to road. The plan should extend beyond your retirement and include your total life picture. This will help you make strategic moves each day of your working career. It will guide your professional development choices, your promotional moves and, most importantly, your attitude when faced with uncertainty. Without a plan, you are likely to drift and feel vulnerable.