You've worked long hours in the same job for years only to find the ax landed on you and not your co-worker. You ask why did this happen or what could I have done to prevent this from happening to me. That's logical thinking and you know what, the signs where there all the while you were working to earn a living for yourself and family. Most companies are well prepared to lay-off, downsize or terminate you with or without warning. Refer to the last page on the application that clearly states employment.