How To Engineer Your Layoff Review


When I first heard about Sam’s new e-book, I was happy for him but I thought it wasn’t for me. Several years ago I had successfully engineered my own layoff.

Great Recession

Back in 2008, we were in the middle of the Great Recession, so the writing was on the wall.  The entire finance department was let go and there were rumors IT was next.  I wanted to be proactive rather than wait for the ax to fall.  I spent four years working tirelessly for the company, growing as an engineer and as a person, but I felt like it was time for me to move on.  My two teammates enjoyed the work more than I so I decided to take one for the team.  I also felt like I had reached my ceiling and I was excited to look for new challenges. 

Who You Know

I had a good relationship with upper management and I negotiated the same deal that was given to the finance department, one week of pay for every year of service.  I actually struggled with the maneuver, but eventually forced myself to take control of my life and take action.  Thankfully I found another position soon after.  Since everything went so smoothly for me, I felt like I really didn’t need to get Sam’s book.

Present Day 

Fast forward to today.  Now that we are in the new house, my wife’s commute is longer than before. She has spent four years at her company, but if the commute becomes too unbearable, she may need to find a new job.  Since I am always willing to learn new things, I decided to bring in the big guns and lean on Sam’s 13 years of experience in this matter.

Book Breakdown

The price is steeper than most e-books out there, but if you do apply yourself and the methods explained the book, you should easily make that back in possibly thousands or tens of thousands of dollars of severance. In my mind, the book is broken up into three distinct parts.  Employee rights, relationship skills, and successful case studies.  Thrown in for good measure are Sam’s entertaining anecdotes, inspirational quotes, and humorous subtitles.

Time Is Money

The employee rights and relationships skills Sam talks about in his book can be found browsing the Internet, true, but he compiles things tightly together and throws in his unique case studies to round out his points. He also includes tons of valuable links and articles. Time is very scarce for me these days. Granted I could save a few bucks if I combed the internet myself, but how much time would I have to spend to compile 100 pages of data and 13 years of experience? Time is money right? Kudos to Sam for also following the tried-and-true method of self help books by reviewing his points at the end of each chapter. Knowledge definitely is power.

Take Control 

Although I unknowingly followed some of Sam’s steps in engineering my own layoff, because I lacked his 13 years of experience and was never a hiring manager, I did leave a lot on the table.  Armed with this extra knowledge, you can be sure if I do engineer my wife’s layoff, nothing will be left on the table and every benefit will be explored.  If you are stuck in a job and unhappy, you need to get this book. Even if you are happy with your job right now, the future is unknown and things can change in a heartbeat.  Is it better to be more aware of your options or backed into a corner where you may emotionally quit with nothing to show for?  Beside the potential financial benefits from reading this book, How to Engineer Your Layoff also inspired me to continually live a fulfilled life within my means.

Final Thoughts

Besides laying down the law about what everyone should know about employee rights, Sam does spend a bit of time talking about the proper mindset and the importance of relationships.  Many of his thoughts are common sense but too often we forget and sometimes we need a reminder.  He even provides valuable insight from HR’s point of view. Sam’s deep dive into interpersonal relationships were also entertaining and helpful. After reading this book and taking action, you will be armed with a golden parachute, extra confidence, and improved people skills. Life doesn’t get better than this.

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8 Responses

  1. Money Beagle says:

    I’ve mulled this over, but I know how cheap my company is and I can’t see how they would ever do anything above what’s already spelled out in the HR section or what is mandated by law.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Most of the companies I worked for are cheap too. However, I did also benefit from the relationship skills, additional awareness, and the extra push to live the life I want.

  2. Sam says:

    Hi Buck,

    Best of luck to your wife. What type of package did you manage to get in 2008? Those were tough times when folks were getting blown up left and right!


  3. Great read..

    Looking to jump ship next year after closing in on 10years with the same company. Company is rather cheap so it’s hard to say what they will say when I give them my 2 month notice in January. Yes, 2 months! I’m not sure if it’s worth giving them that much but I want to leave on a good note. I debating whether to purchase the ebook. I’m not a very manipulative person so not sure if the book would work out. Or am I talking nonsense?!

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Thanks for dropping by! Congrats and good luck with your upcoming departure. Exciting times! 10 years is a long time and you are quite courteous with your two month notice. It is not about manipulation but more about asking for what is rightfully yours. Sounds like your mind is made up, but for someone on the fence, purchasing the ebook may make them follow through and take action. Just curious, do you have another job lined up? Good luck to you!

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