You are a professional and comfortable in your current position. You have been with your company for a lengthy amount of time. You have not searched for different opportunities. You like it where you are.You find an email that says, your manager needs to speak with you. Her assistant, contacts you in person and verbally repeats the email you have read. You say “what is this about” and she would not say why.
You enter the meeting with your manager. You are told, you have done nothing wrong but, YOU ARE LAID OFF. You are unemployed and find yourself in transition and this was not your decision.
What is the way to proceed after you hear you are laid off?
Do not emotionally overreact . This is likely very hard not to, try to be professional about this. The outcome could be a letter of recommendation, potential hiring managers would take this in consideration. Before you begin your career search and take out your resume, take some personal time to assess your situation and what your goals are. If you are not over being laid off, it reflects on an interview. If you take any offer and you are hired, this is where bad career decisions usually take place.
Do not let this define who you are. You are not the only person that has been laid off. Make a plan and achieve it. If you are stuck at this point, here are some suggestions.
Update your resume and your linkedin profile in the following fashion:
Using Linkedin - Have a complete profile with details of accomplishments and projects you managed.
Using Workfolio - This is a personal branding online resume that attracts hiring managers.
Using Social Media - Have a professional profile, to impress hiring managers by sharing your professional knowledge through Blogs.
Using Glass Door - Search and Research what employees are saying about the management of the way they treat employees. This tells you if this is a business that meets your career needs.
Network at meetup events, etc. - Connect with professional that are like you. They are your best advocate to refer you in to their organization
The solution is not allowing being laid off to take an emotional toll on you. Take the perspective that this gives you an opportunity to do something completely different or better than what you had!
With a focused strategy, you are setting yourself up for success!
Steve Rosen-Sr. Recruiting Consultant