Last but not least -- actually it might be the most important -- someone who loses their job needs to stay positive.

Job Link offers a workshop on maintaining self esteem and balance.

Losing a job can seem insurmountable. But it's not, says Susan Fee in her book "Bouncing back: The art of resiliency." She coaches people to have reasonable expectations, and avoid stressing over what is not in their control.

Instead, she suggests people focus their energy on growing new skills, taking advantage of new opportunities, and managing what is within their power.

You can reach Staff Writer Nathan Halverson at 521-5494 or nathan.halverson@