8 Warning Signs You Might Get Laid Off

Many major U.S.

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Many major U.S. employers and cautious smaller firms are still cutting payrolls to help improve earnings and free up cash for new investment opportunities. Don\'t get caught off-guard.

If you\'re unsure about your job security, persistent (and polite) inquiries to your manager about the company\'s status will often turn up intelligence that big changes are in the works.

If those changes include layoffs, don\'t hesitate to start negotiating a deal. Severance pay, the maintenance of health benefits and even a continuation of employment on a 1099 consulting basis are all good topics for employees who are forcibly on their way out.

Here are eight telltale signs that your job may be on the chopping block.

Liz Ryan
Contributing Columnist, Kiplinger.com