LayoffsMorris van de Camp
There is no blow quite like getting laid off. One day you’re at work and you feel important; the next day you suffer the indignity of walking out of the building with your stuff in a box.
Losing a job is enough to make a grown man cry. It is not entirely unknown for recently-unemployed people to die by suicide. Many jobless people become depressed, and may turn to alcohol and drugs to get by. Joblessness also puts a strain on relationships, and naturally it doesn’t help one’s finances.
Unfortunately, layoffs are a fact of life. Companies lay employees off all the time. Unless one is in the fortunate position of occupying an irreplaceable position, such as being a doctor, some period of unemployment is only a matter of time — but this occurrence should be rare. If one is getting fired or laid off often, one needs to re-evaluate what one is doing and make a change.
Signs of a Pending Layoff/Firing
If your company is working on an item with a specific deliverable, when it gets close to delivering, workers will get cut. The first to go in this case are usually the technical specialists in some sort of niche role.
Another is when mid-level managers take an enormous interest in the accounting department. Layoffs are a matter of money, and when it runs out, someone is going out the door.
Usually, one round of layoffs is followed by another. Other clues include eliminating perks, a tightening of the travel budget, and senior managers leaving.
Layoffs are also an opportunity for unloading “problem employees” and settling scores. Office politics can be fierce. What I’ve noticed is that the men who have a run-in with a female manager in some way will eventually get axed. I don’t know why this is the case, but it is a fact of the job environment. I’ve seen this several times in several ways. Office rows between men don’t usually lead to a firing.
A way to defend oneself from a layoff as a result of office politics is to always be your best professional self at all times. Beware of office romances, and keep a tight hold on your temper. You should also never say anything bad about anybody.
When an office drama does occur that could get out of hand, you need to defend yourself by getting your side of the story to management. Furthermore, if you know that a colleague is dishonest or troublesome, make sure you have a quiet talk with management before he or she can do anything damaging to you. When you have such a talk, make sure you are correct about your claims before saying anything.
Be conscious of the way you dress. If you are a man in an office setting, especially on the East Coast, it’s best to wear a coat and tie to work. Dressing well always gives a person credibility. People will treat you better.
I’d also be wary of how you participates in the “mandatory fun” events in your company. Don’t be the guy at the bar getting loud and tipsy at the company party. And don’t go to a function if your work for the day is not finished. I know someone who was fired in part because he showed up for every “fun” event, but never got work done. I’d even be wary of participating in something like “Hawaiian Shirt Fridays.”
If you start to see any of these warning signs, start considering changing jobs. However, if you do change jobs, you need to be aware that it might not work out, either. It’s best to not be so offensive on the way out that nobody will want you back.
After the Layoff
I’ve only been laid off once. The company I worked for was doing well, but on one Friday, we had a celebratory lunch in anticipation of a new opportunity, and then by Saturday morning, the long-standing cracks in the company’s foundation led to a collapse.
Fortunately, I had many professional connections and was not unemployed for long, but I still had to scramble. I immediately cashed in all of my accumulated vacation pay the day of the layoff. Had I waited, that vacation pay would have vanished along with the company. This provided me with around a month’s salary. I also figured out how to keep my health insurance. I was able to stay on my old company’s policy, but I had to pay for it out-of-pocket.
Once I was able to close out with the old company and get my insurance sorted, I filed for unemployment benefits. One should always file for unemployment on the day of the layoff. There is no reason to wait. But the way one files for unemployment varies from state to state. Figure out how to file and follow the rules. Usually, unemployment is paid once a week on a particular day. That money will be enough to cover groceries and gas for the week, although one will need to show that one is actively seeking work in some way during this time. Depending on the state, this will probably consist of showing some number of attempts to find a new employer. Ensure you save the name and number of anyone you talk to over the course of the week and anywhere that you send your resume.
Don’t do anything tricky. You can probably work an odd job if paid in cash while on unemployment, but beware of crossing the line into unemployment fraud. Don’t cross that line!
As soon as you start working in a new job, you’ll of course get off unemployment. However, there will be a financial pinch at this time as there will be lag until you start receiving your paycheck for the new job.
Lastly, if your previous company’s accounting department contacts you to ask for your timecard after you get cut, tell them immediately that you’re laid off. Don’t try and “stick it” to your company. This is illegal and can get you in hot water.
Unemployed and On the Couch
Being unemployed will be a tremendous psychological strain. There is no way to avoid this. What all career coaches say is that you need to recognize that YOU ARE NOT YOUR JOB.
Your employment is only a marginal part of your identity. There is much, much more to life than what you do at work. When you get laid off, give yourself a day to grieve over it. It’s okay to think things over, feel frustrated by how you were treated, and to be angry about the situation.
Career counselors also suggest using your newfound free time to think about your situation. You will see things from a new perspective. When I was unemployed, I decided to make one professional change that I didn’t realize I needed until I wasn’t working. That change worked well for me.
They also encourage one to meditate, go to church, or reflect upon spiritual matters. Other advice involves exercising, as well as continuing to rise early in the morning. Don’t stop shaving or wearing nice clothes, and so on. Unemployed people tend to gain weight, so avoid that pitfall.
When you are working, it’s a good idea to prepare for a layoff no matter what the situation is. Gain as many skills and certifications as you can, especially if those courses are paid for by your employer. These certifications will help you to land a new job should you get fired.
Then, if you can, figure out how to diversify your sources of income so that you won’t be left high and dry if a layoff happens. Owning a rental property can help, but renting property carries considerable risks and issues. Having a good credit rating and unused lines of credit can help in a pinch, but you’ll need to pay that money back.
Some people who I know always have their resume up-to-date and listed on job-finding websites. One man that I professionally admire remained employed, but then developed a side-career selling insurance and other financial products.
It would be wonderful if your career would be a never-ending series of successes and pay raises, but this isn’t always going to be the case. There are plenty of false starts, setbacks, and problems that will arise. Being laid off or fired is one of them. However, many people have found that being unemployed opened up opportunities that they wouldn’t have had if they had stayed with the same job.
Just remember, you are not your job. Don’t give up.
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Solid advice. Not to be snarky, but the best approach to living one’s financial life is to live beneath one’s means, and one does this is part by renouncing materialism and cultivating inexpensive hobbies (like reading CC!). YOU ARE NOT YOUR JOB (true, especially if you’re a white nationalist) needs to be supplemented with YOU ARE NOT YOUR HOUSE, CLOTHES, CAR, etc. Not all whites who struggle are persons bereft of opportunities in the heartland (though some are). Many people, esp among whites, make enough to build up assets for the future, but too many don’t. This isn’t all because of medical bills, or housing disasters (like fires or floods, which can play havoc despite insurance), either. Past the age of 25 (or 30, if grad school was an issue), most people can avoid ever going into any debt except a mortgage, for which there are tax benefits. Maybe first transportation, depending on one’s environs (by age 40 at the latest, you ought to be paying cash for cars). Past 30, most (whites anyway, especially whites smart enough to be visiting CC) can save at least 10% of after tax earnings (honestly, I counsel people pre-retirement to shoot for 20%). Do that annually; keep maybe 20% cash, the rest invest in stocks and maybe later rental property; and after 30-40 years, you’ll likely have a fair bit. If you do experience layoffs, they won’t be traumatic, either.
But always think of yourself as a person first, and a white one second. Your job, even if you’re elite, is still probably just a job. Your faith (if applicable), family, friends, and your race are what count in the end (I mean, what you’ll be thinking about in your final years, along with any genuine accomplishments, which will include almost anything but your job, unless you were really world class at it, or worked at something especially meaningful – neither of which describes me!). Just my observations on the cusp of turning Six-Oh.
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More people than jobs. That is where the world is. Unemployment, poverty and lowering wages are the result.
Technology and charity have jointly caused this condition. Tech reduces demand for human labor, and charity inflates human numbers. Tech, as in robots, computers, automation, mechanization, medicine. Charity, as in Care packages, Peace Corps, “miracle grains”, foreign aid. Thank the Left.
A global economic train wreck in the making. Lowering wages, unemployment, poverty, misery, mass-migrations. All of these ills issue from one source.
And, says the Left, more robots, automation and computers to come. And more charity too. They welcome it. They say that the remedy will be, after employment is gone, to give everyone a welfare check. Lunacy.
Labor is essential for Man. Labor, vocation, define men, makes them whole, gives identity and a reason to live to see tomorrow. The Left wants to take even that away from Man.
Tech and charity must be controlled, globally. Only a recovered West can globally implement this. Only the West has the genius and vigor needed.
In 1933, the West began the march toward this new world. But then some idiots among us decided that turning Europe into a smoldering crater was a good idea.
Yes we did, and THAT is why we are now eating the sh!t dished out to us by BLM etc.
The global solution: more jobs than people. How? Applied global eugenics. Fewer people, better people. Global full employment at the highest wage. Restriction of technology usage to eugenic ends.
The Right can offer these solutions; the Left cannot. We on the Right have the solutions to the world’s problems. We are the true progressives, and this should be our program.
I like this line of thinking.
How do we implement this though? It seems that we are years and years away from ever obtaining even a sliver of the power that action on this broad of a scale would require. If we do get there, how will these eugenic policies be carried out? How do we balance our compassion with doing what needs to be done (i.e, stopping charity, preventing certain individuals from having children)? How do we do these things and still keep with the values of our Republic within our borders (assuming you’re American, and the values of the broader White world if not)? (Of course, America was founded not just on the ideal of “freedom”, but under the assumptions that the players would be on an equal playing field in terms of intelligence and investment in the future of their nation.)
It is certainly good to play the long game, and we shouldn’t despair. Perhaps we could create a sort of “anti-UN” to implement applied global eugenics, or even use entryism in that and other organizations to accomplish the same.
It’s going to be a long ride, but I believe we will make it. I only hope we have a chance and this isn’t all just spitballing.
“Unless one is in the fortunate position of occupying an irreplaceable position, such as being a doctor…” Au contraire. There are doctors being laid off or suspended for merely expressing an opinion which contradicts the elite-mandated narrative on rona and the needlecraft. Dr Sam White in the UK, who was recently interviewed by James Delingpole, is one who immediately springs to mind. I am quite sure there are many others.
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