Laid Off? A Blessing in Disguise!
By: Daniel Velarde
Okay, so you have been laid off from your job. You may have heard rumors of the company merging or the possibility of the company downsizing. You never thought you would be the one to lose your job because you are good at it and you follow the rules, right? That’s not really how being laid off always works. For the most part it’s a numbers game, and it’s most likely not your fault. So, let’s go over a few things that could help you be more successful during this confusing transition.
Keep Perspective: By understanding that you may have nothing to do with the decision made to eliminate your position, you can allow yourself to detach from what you may consider to be a negative experience. Looking for a new job may take longer than you originally anticipated, so being patient and not appearing desperate could land you the job of your dreams, or at least something better than the job you had before.
Attitude is Everything: Now is not the time to feel sorry for yourself and seclude yourself from the rest of the world. Now is the time to do a bit of reflection and start asking yourself some important questions. Was I really happy in my previous position? Have I accomplished my personal goals or achieved my wildest dreams? Can I volunteer to realize just how fortunate I really am? It is important to take these things into consideration. You’ve been given the opportunity to carve out your own outcome, so being a bit introspective really can help you design and clarify your own direction.
Ctrl + Alt + Delete: Hit the reset button on how you handle situations. A fresh, new approach to building professional relationships, networking and simply responding to emails can really make an impression on the people who are paying attention. Doing this with a healthy and positive approach tells people you are ready for the next step in your career and shows maturity and understanding, not blame and criticism.
Your Brand: You will want to be current on many things when it comes to your personal brand. Having a shiny new resume, improved LinkedIn profile and a cleaned up social media footprint will always keep you ahead of the game. Offer to edit the resume and profile of a colleague in the same situation, and ask them to do the same for you. Helping others out during this time keeps you from falling down the rabbit hole of depression and self-loathing.
If you have more ideas on what worked for you during your transition, please share your wisdom with us. We are always looking for unique and effective ideas on making this situation easy and positive.