When Layoffs Hit, Strike Back
Richard Y. Stevens ' 70, Cary ........ Chair
William P.Aycock II ' 65, Greensboro . .lmmed. Past Chair
Betry Ray McCain ' 52, Wilson . ...... Chair-Elect
Richard T. "Stick" Williams 75, Oupel HiD .First Vice Chair
Howard~e Owen ' 71, Richmond, Ut Sea:niVtce01air
Anthony Eden Rand ' 61, Fayetteville. . . Treasurer
Anne Wilmoth Cates ' 53, Chapel Hill .... .Asst. Treasurer
James G.ExumJr. ' 57, Greensboro. . .. Counsel
Douglas S. Dibbert ' 70, Chapel Hill ..... President
TAR HEEL NETWORK CHAIRMAN
Thornas WLambeth ' 57... Winston-Salem
Appointed at LflIge
Michael Denard Kennedy ' 79 (2001) ..... Atlanta
William E."Ed"McMahan '66 (2001) .... Charlotte
Wendy Sue Gebauer Palladino ' 89 (2002) . .Chapel Hill
Paula Renee Newsome ' 77 (2002) .......Charlotte
John Gray Blount Ellison ' 69 (2003) .... Greensboro
George Washington Miller Jr. ' 52 (2003) ... .Durham
Elected to Represent N C. Districts
1. M. W Peebles Jr. ' 51 (2001) .... Southern Shores
2. A.Jackson HarrellllI '66 (2001) . . ....Kinsron
3. Barbara B. Richardson ' 78 (2002) .... Fayetteville
4. Eleanor Saunders Morris ' 55 (2003) .. Chapel Hill
5. George Watts Carr III ' 64 (2003) .... Greensboro
6. WBorden HooksJr. ' 67 (2002) . . .....MOllnt Airy
7. James G. Whitton ' 54 (2002) . . . .. Salisbury
8. MaIjorie M. Schwab ' 69 (2001) .. Charlotte
9. Kelvin C. Harris ' 82 (2001) ....Gastonia
10. Philip Gary Carson ' 63 (2003) . .Asheville
Elected to Represmt Out-q/'-State Alumni
lvanV"Andy"Anderson ' 61 (2001) ....Charleston, SC
Benjanline "Ben" Reid ' 71 (2001) . . ... Miami, FL
Carol Payne Young '66 (2001) ....Atlanta, GA
Charles A. Bryan ' 82 (2002) ........ Baltimore, MD
John L. Haber ' 70 (2002) . . . . . ..... New York
Ann Earnhardt Murry ' 72 (2002) ... Potomac, MD
Richard Fuller Callaway ' 71 (2003) . .Houston, TX
Patricia Timko Sinclair 'S2 (2003) .. Los Angeles, CA
E.James Wiley 1Il ' 86 (2003) ...Riclullond,VA
Ex Officio, Representing the Illdent Body
R. Bradley Matthews '01 . President, Student Body
Matthew Brent Dees '01 ...Editor, 7l1e Daily Tar Heel
Jason Harris Cowley '01 ..President, Senior Class
Nicholas 0. Detmer '01 .. Pres., Order of the Bell Tower
Chuck Stone ...............Chapel Hill
Presidents of School AIL/mlli Associations (Ex Officio)
Robert R. Gelblum ' 85, City & Reg'l Planning. Klleigh
Randy Gerrel Fussel ' 86, Dentistry ...... Greenville
Nancy Farmer ' 69, Education ....... Chapel Hill
Seth Effron ' 74,Journalism ..... Cambridge, Mass.
Charles Paliner Bro wn ' 64, Law ....... Albermarle
Martha B. Barefoot ' 84, Info. & Libr. Science .. Chapel Hill
Paul Edward Viset 'SO, Medicine ...... Clinton
Carolyn]. Graham ' 97 (PhD), Nursing ... Chapel Hill
John R . Setzer 'S3, Pharmacy ... . ......... Cary
Jessica Kostryu ' 95, Phys. Therapy ........ Durham
Kristin R. Siebenaler ' 92 (MPA) , Pub. Admin. Chapel Hill
Timothy D. Neil King ' 96, Public Health .... Durham
Lyn Green 'Sl,Social Work ... Fayetteville
Ailimni on the Athletic Council (Elected at Large)
Gayle Bomar ' 69 (2001) ...Durham
Lindsey Jane Linker 'SO (2002) ....... Chapel Hill
Bradley Lee Daugherty ' 86 (2003) .. Atlanta, GA
Mar ch i Apr i I 2001
A dear friend called recently to tell me that
he had just lost his job. He was part of a sec-
ond round oflayoffs, the result of a downturn
in business. It wasn't that his performance had
been unsatisfactory; he had recently received
several bonuses. In fact, he received a bonus
check along with his pink slip. He was under-
standably angry and upset. He was in shock
and denial-he had not seen it coming.
My friend's story is not that uncommon.
No one wants to think about losing his or her
job. But it does happen to the best of us. In
today's rapidly changing world, rife with
mergers and acquisitions, as well as dot-
bombs, layoffs have little to do with personal
performance. You can be doing a terrific job,
and suddenly find yourself out of work.
So what do you do to put your life back
The first thing is to acknowledge that los-
ing your job is significant. Give yourself time
and permission to grieve. People often ignore
or rush this critical period. Grieve for the
ending, regroup- and get back on track. Talk
to family and supportive friends about your
situation, but be careful not to share the details
with everyone you meet. Put your best foot
forward. Monitor what you are saying and be
aware if you are coming across as negative or
angry. These are not attractive qualities and
may make people less than willing to help you
in your job search.
Of course, assess your financial situation.
Determine how much money you have to live
on until you land your next job. Statistics indi-
cate that an average job search takes one
1110nth for every $10,000 ofincome you hope
to earn. It probably won't, but it could take
longer than you expected.
To get an idea ofyour financial resources,
take into account your severance (if any), sav-
ings, investments, insurance policies with loan
provisions, and possessions you can sell. Also
check on a home equity line of credit. The
interest on this type ofloan may be tax
Be careful with credit cards, especially; they
carry a high rate ofinterest. Make a budget
and stick to it. Involve your family in the deci-
sion process. Cut expenses - this is not the
time for an extravagant vacation even ifyou
feel like you need to get away.
Assess your skills, values and interests.
Determine your strengths. What can you do to
add value to another employer? What are your
transferable skills' What is the common thread
throughout your career? What do you really
want to do'
This might be the time to try something
with LINDA CONKLIN
different. There are a lot of opportunities out
there that you might not have considered
Assess the job market. Who might be able
to use your skill set-a competitor, vendor or
customer? Check out the Internet, yellow
pages, professional journals and newspapers.
Target companies that are likely to have jobs
that match your skill set.
And network. I know-you probably
would rather have your teeth drilled than net-
work, but it is the most effective way to find a
job. Talk to friends, neighbors, church mem-
bers, former classmates, colleagues, your hair-
dresser, your dentist. Tell them about you;
create a 30-second commercial that will help
them understand what you do and what type
ofjob you are seeking. Ask for information
and advice, not ajob. Ask about the compa-
nies you have targeted. Get names. Who is in
charge of hiring? Who might have informa-
tion about job openings? Follow up with
these people. Ask them for more names.
Finding a job is ajob. Structure your day.
Spend 40 hours a week actively researching,
networking, getting out and about. Attend
professional meetings, workshops and job fairs.
Take extremely good care ofyourself.
Avoid using food or alcohol as stress relievers.
Get enough sleep-you will be more effec-
tive. Get some exercise-you will have more
energy and a clearer head, and you might
make a great contact at the gym or the tennis
court. Listen to motivational tapes. Meditate.
Surround yourselfwith people who care
about you. Ask for their support.
Adjust your mindset-Iook at change as an
opportunity. Instead of thinking that "this is
the worst thing that could happen to me,"
reframe it to: "How can I make this the best
event in my life."
You can do any thing you want. Design
one day at a time.
Linda Conklin is the CAA's coordinator of
Alumni Career Services. For information on career-
related issues, contact her at (919) 962-3749 or by
e-mail at email@example.com More ofher
advice and other career-related information can be
found on the Career Services section ofthe CAA3'
~b site: alumni. unc. edu/career.