Laid Off? Have a Party!

Let’s face it: layoffs have been all over the news lately. Amazon is laying off about 10,000 people, Twitter laid off 50%, and Meta is laying off 11,000 people. And right at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Ouch. Could the timing be any worse?

People are freaking out. I get it. If you were one of them, you may be wondering: “What do I do now? What do I do next?”

Believe it or not, I’ve been there too. Out of the blue – and while on FMLA recovering from surgery – I found myself out of a job unexpectedly the week of Thanksgiving. I was angry. I cried. I was in a pit of despair. How could this happen to me? Hardworking, award-winning, passionate me? And why on earth are lazy Susan and a**hole Aaron still there? They suck.

It’s easy to get stuck in the swirl of a negativity tornado. Woe is me. I’m the victim. This is not fair. Sound familiar? And it’s normal and okay to feel all of those things. What matters is how you respond.

Here’s are the three things you should do if you ever get laid off:

1.     Process all the emotions – go for a run, yell into a pillow, take a boxing class, meditate, eat a pint of ice cream, journal and then burn it in your fire pit – whatever works for you. Don’t hold it in – I’m not going to go into all the physical, mental, and emotional damage that will do here. Just know it is not good. Tip: write down all of the things that you hated or frustrated you at your old job so you visually see that it maybe it wasn’t as great or a perfect job as you might have thought. It wasn’t where you are meant to be to fulfill your potential and your dreams.

2.     Make an intentional decision to shift your mindset to focus on creating the future you want. You may not see it now, but the truth is that there are TONS of opportunities – even better opportunities – waiting for you. Tip: write down everything you want out of your next job. Don’t limit yourself or judge yourself. Just set a timer for 5 minutes and write what you truly, honestly want. 

3.     Look at your career map to determine what you should do next. Tip: Don’t have a career map? Here’s my Free Guide to get you started.

4.  Get some help to prepare for your job search. Hire a career coach (yes, I’m biased, but we’re proven to get better results faster than on your own), leverage your mentors, and reach out to your network. You don’t have to do this alone, and quite frankly, I think everyone can benefit from support, accountability, and coaching in life. 

I took the holidays off to be angry and process and then enjoy some time with family. (And eat a lot of food.)

Then I asked myself what I wanted to do next. The truth was that my previous employer had limited advancement opportunities, a toxic work environment, and I had hit a ceiling. It wasn’t a good place to be, and it wasn’t right for me.

I looked at my career map to see what positions I wanted to target, did a little gap analysis, and decided to learn some skills to boost my resume and get me to the next level. I enrolled in a certificate program and began my job search. I targeted companies, networked like crazy, and only applied to roles that were true leadership positions. To me, that meant program management and personnel management. I made a few mistakes along the way, but ultimately I got what I wanted, plus a $25K raise.

The good news is that the labor market is still strong. Companies are still fighting for talent and struggling to fill positions. You can, and will, find another job. And it can be better than what you had before and even better than what you may think is possible right now.

You can do whatever you want now. You have freedom. I think the layoffs warrant a “Layoff Party” and you should celebrate your new freedom and an even better future awaiting you.

If you are mission-driven and know you are meant for more, I can help you find your next job. One that values and recognizes you, pays you what you deserve, and enables you to live a life that you and your loved ones enjoy. Schedule a Discovery Call with me to get started.

Want to do me a favor? Share this with anyone you know who might’ve been hit by the tech layoffs.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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