It's now been 24 hours since I found out I was losing my job. Based on preliminary reports it would appear that in fact the world has not come to an abrupt halt, and life is still going on as we speak.
There were obviously some tears as I packed up my office, and the fellow who has (had?) the office across from mine looked like he was choking them back as well. It hit everyone I talked to as a surprise. One of the admin ladies drove me home personally so that I wouldn't have to go home in a taxi (the firing manager had given me a taxi chit). I had a quick bath, got changed into more comfortable clothing, and caught the bus back to the university. After swinging by the Engineering Employment Centre to check if there were job postings (there are), I went to my lab. After that I went home, returned a mitre saw I had borrowed from a friend, and drove over to The Boy's for dinner. We ate BBQ chicken, chatted, had a couple drinks, looked at XKCD comics and SNL skits online, then went to sleep.
You know, if it wasn't for the whole getting laid off part, it was actually a pretty decent day. Well, except the stress related chin breakouts, but what can you do about that?
I need to thank each and everyone who commented yesterday for your show of support. I appreciated it very much, and it did help me deal with the turmoil.
For anyone facing a similar situation, Krystal of Give Me Back My Five Bucks and Moneyville has a post worth checking out for how to survive unemployment:
Anyway, today is my first day of true unemployment. I don't like to jump without seeing my next step, but in this instance I was kind of pushed. So far the landing looks... okay? As a result of some social networking I have a couple leads on places that are hiring right now, so I'll be meeting with people and looking into them shortly. I'm meeting one of my (former) coworkers for coffee today at lunch, so I'll ask about potential references for my job search. Other than that, here is my to do list for the next little bit:
- go to doctor, get prescriptions filled before medical coverage runs out (currently writing from the doctor's office lobby)
- Talk to former employer's HR department about how to take over my insurance coverage before it expires.
- Check into other insurance provider costs, see if I can get a better rate than my former employer's plan.
- Apply for EI.
- Make a (tightened) budget
- Switch mortgage from accelerated biweekly payments to monthly
- Cancel magazine subscriptions, see about lower cost of cell phone plan.
- Polish up my resume.
- Start applying for jobs.
That's my game plan for the next little bit. To those of you who have been in my position, would you add anything to the to do list?