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:
    • Hospitalization/medical insurance paid by your employer until you get a job. (COBRA)
    • All employee benefits continued through severance.
    • Outplacement services.
    • Legal services paid by employer.
    • No public comment or criticism about the separation by the council or the manager.
    • Severance compensation.
    • Severance time (from six months to one year, after last day on job).
    • Secretarial, office services.