While getting fired, terminated, down sized etc. sucks, keep in mind, many States are "right to work" States. That means you have the right to work anywhere you choose, and change jobs any time you desire but, the company has the right to say goodbye to you, anytime they choose for any reason. Granted they can't do it for age discrimination and a few other things. The key to all of this is to always be looking for your next thing. What happens is we all get comfortable. We like our co workers and the pay isn't bad. So we don't do regular job searches or networking. Don't wait to be surprised by your employer. Surprise them.