The fastest cars in the world go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds or less. As a passenger in that vehicle, you might feel anxious, out-of-control, even terrified. That is the most apropos illustration to describe the loss of a job. Within five seconds, you may go from employed to unemployed, leaving you nervous, confused, embarrassed, and at a loss for words.
As a 20-year veteran of the information technology field, after experiencing that event a third time, author Nicole Antoinette’s racecar engine sputtered and stalled. Without a plan to survive a job layoff, under the stress of financial pressures and self-doubts, she became depressed. She felt like she had hit rock bottom, but as she thought about her situation, she knew things could get worse if she did not act. She became determined to find answers for her problems. However, she wanted to find them for others, as well. She began researching available resources and programs to figure out how to survive a job layoff.
As a result, she co-authored Getting Beyond the Day – Your Guide to Surviving a Job Layoff to provide people who are unemployed or underemployed with tools to help manage their careers, families, and life demands so regardless of the country’s economic state they could develop a plan for a stable life. Millions of people who are unemployed and underemployed in these rough economic times are looking for a solution.
Nicole Antoinette has personally benefited from many of the ways outlined in the book. Having surviving a job layoff three times, she can provide insight into the various programs and resources available to help the unemployed and underemployed. In the book, she documented over 30 resources, programs, and tips on what is needed to develop a plan during unemployment and searching for your next career move and how to survive.
When she was laid off for the third time, it was one month after her son graduated from high school. He was accepted into a college that cost almost $60,000.00 per year. She had to develop a plan quickly and fight for her life/career, her son’s education, and her sanity. When she started researching to see what assistance she could get, she was blown away by the lack of knowledge experienced by the millions of unemployed and underemployed. She received medical assistance, tuition assistance, mortgage assistance, training to obtain two certifications, small business assistance, and much more.
She knows what it takes to survive. In addition, she has a Daily Routine that she follows to stay on track which includes daily exercise, stretching, eating a balanced diet, and doing things for others. On December 13, 2012, Nicole Antoinette was a guest on HuffPost Live, the Huffington Post new online channel talking about UNDERemployed.