I'm a former Aramcon. Left under my own decision a few years ago, so my situation not the same as those who are being laid off now. Here's my thoughts about how to get through this transition.
- Print out your job service letter.
- Go to JAHA and get your medical records.
- Sell your car immediately. There will be a lot on cars the market, don't hold out for what you think it is worth.
- Don't bother selling furniture and household goods. Give it all away. It will bring in so little money that it's not worth your time and mental energy when there's so much going on.
- Download and keep a copy of the US Dollar Manual, the US Savings Plan, the US Retirement Income Plan, and Retirement Medical Plan. These policies change over time, so it's good to know what they are at the time you left.
- You don't have to close your bank account immediately. It's helpful to have local ATM card. I didn't close my bank account until 3 days before I left the Kingdom.
- If you have a pre-paid Saudi cell phone, load up a few months worth of service. I wish I had, but was unable to get texts an whatsapp after it was de-activated.
- Don't bother with starting job search until you return to US. No one will seriously interview you until you're back. Only exception is if you have an inside track on a job from a personal contact.
- Change your mindset about money immediately. Save every dollar until you land your next gig.
Most of you will get through this just fine. It doesn't seem like it right now but you will. What will be the biggest loss is the Aramco community and friends. Even though I had good personal reasons to bring me back to the US, I do miss the friends and social mindset of Dhahran, where I was based.
God bless and I hope this helps some of you.