Layoffs: Ten Things to Do Before the Pink Slip Arrives

Oracle's CEO recently announced plans for approximately 1,000 layoffs at Sun Microsystems on top of the 7,600 jobs that they have already cut. Macy's plans to cut 1,500 store level jobs. And a similar layoff scene is playing out in companies across the nation. Yet many people wait until the other shoe drops before making any plans about future employment. Bad plan. Even if you think your job is not in jeopardy today, you should always be proactively managing your career because stuff happens...quickly. Here are some things I hope employees at Sun, Macy's and other companies think to do before the pink slip arrives.