Ironically, I find myself in a similar situation.
There's a lot of options as to what you can do.
The first bit of advice - to borrow from Douglas Adams - Don't Panic!
Second bit of advice - economize as much as possible. Keep your expenses to a minimum.
Third - update that resume! Odds are, the last time you did that was 8 years ago and it's likely to be quite stale. Be sure to include your latest job with the appropriate bits of information
After that, you need to look at what your skills are and if those skills are going to be good enough for getting another job. If so, start hitting the proverbial pavement - hit job referral sites like CareerBuilder.com, Monster.com and so forth.
If not, you might consider going back to school to pick up what skills you might be lacking in. I'd consider online training or perhaps a night school. Or you could simply think of something else that's a better fit.
Don't pigeon hole yourself into JUST that kind of work. Keep your options open. There may be jobs open that have similar job requirements but may have you doing something else entirely. One other thing to consider. Looking for the same sort of job at another company isn't likely to be a good thing for the simple reason - if technology is progressing to the point where your old company didn't need you, odds are excellent that doing the same job elsewhere won't be a long term deal.
And finally, when you do finally get an interview - relax. Be confident but not arrogant. Be Professional! HR departments want someone who can carry themselves with confidence. They want people that can get to work with a minimum of fuss.
Job-hunting advice needed! What would you do if your job was eliminated?
As we all know times can be very difficult when it comes down to you losing your job. As a CNET member and being very passionate about reading the column weekly, I found myself in a very sticky situation last week. After working for the past eight years straight for the same company, I found my job being eliminated because of New Technology. Being very rusty at job hunting, interviewing, and resume building, I am now stuck between a rock and a hard place. I would now like to take the time to ask my fellow community members, what would you do if you were in my shoes? How does one start out again at 58 years old looking for a new job, keeping in mind that time is against you before your major medical runs out? Thank you for any guidance and suggestions that you may have.
-- Submitted by: Joe D.