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Suggestions for Managers in Transition
The following suggestions may benefit you if you are a manager in transition. The list is not necessarily in order of importance.

  • Stay active in sports, church, family, clubs and CMAO meetings.
  • Be positive.
  • Avoid the TV routine.
  • Enhance your computer skills.
  • Talk with other colleagues for support and advice.
  • Do not limit your job search. Develop your contacts; network.
  • Do something you have always wanted to do (start a hobby, exercise, etc.).
  • Try to stay in your community; don't move to another location while in transition.
  • Do not second-guess yourself.
  • Feel good about yourself.
  • Be flexible.
  • Make lists (references, job prospects and ideas, etc.).
  • Work out a written severance agreement with advice from a competent attorney – but be sure and ask for more than you expect. Covered items should include:
    1. Hospitalization/medical insurance paid by your employer until you get a job. (COBRA)
    2. All employee benefits continued through severance.
    3. Outplacement services.
    4. Legal services paid by employer.
    5. No public comment or criticism about the separation by the council or the manager.
    6. Severance compensation.
    7. Severance time (from six months to one year, after last day on job).
    8. Secretarial, office services.


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