I'm not at the age of some of you. Going through a layoff last year was no fun and very un-expected. Luckily we had already downsized and weren't doing so bad. A few months earlier we had came about a week too close to foreclosure than I ever care to be, luckily we found a buyer for our house and got out from under the strain. Mostly due to that I guess the job loss didn't hit me as hard as it would have.
I think when your in that situation you start really looking at what you can do to make money and where you can cut costs. I took my 2006 Silverado into Carmax and sold it to them for $3000 more than I owed. It would have been paid off in a few more months, but it was about $600 a month plus higher in insurance and taxes, which was money we needed. Not much later I luckily found a job that paid about the same as my previous, but I'm still driving the $3000 tahoe that I bought to save money. I'm hoping it will go another year or two and then I'll go buy another $3k-$4k truck. Sure I'd like to have a 'new' truck, but overall the savings helped us save the money we needed for our current house and gives us more money now to put away.
As for any advice, I'm constantly learning what I can. Employers don't pay for training like they used to. It's cheaper to let an employee go and find another that has the experience, so you've got to constantly be learning and re-training yourself to make yourself valuable.
Another option...Can any of you take your experience and put it into a consulting type of position? Be the local 'out-source' as a side job if you have one now, could turn into a full time gig if the person hiring you likes you...that's how I got on where I am. At the time I didn't realize it, but a lot of employers are bring in a person for contract work and hire them full time if they work out.
OK, probably more than you wanted to know about me...but just my .02
To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault