Imagine this scenario: Your boss calls you at 10 A.M. and asks you to come to his office for a 2 P.M. meeting. The company rumor mill has been forecasting terminations, and now you're anxious. Which option best describes how you'd react?
You make a list of the people who would be let go before you, based on seniority and job performance. Then you prepare to defend your work if need be.
You try to identify what you may have done wrong recently. Then you invite a close coworker out for coffee and speculate about the meeting.
You proceed with your day, but in the back of your mind you think about all the things you dislike about your job, until a pink slip doesn't seem so terrible.
You spend the morning sending out feelers to your contacts in the field. Taking action and knowing you have other prospects makes you feel better.
Next: What your choice means