Over the past few weeks we looked at people in the technology industry that that hide after the year end to avoid change or layoffs (and work) and we also looked at layoffs from the employer perspective. Today we take a quick look at layoffs from the employee perspective.
What immediately comes to my mind is the job George Clooney had in the movie “Up in the Air”. George traveled around the country as a consultant that fired people and gave them the package of information for the employee to be able to move on. The movie slightly parallels John Henry vs. the locomotive as George is competing to save his job vs. the video conference model of firing people. George proves the human touch works better although is not as profitable. But I digress…
Being laid off or fired is a traumatic experience. It is a very personal experience, as you feel singled out. “Why would you let me go and keep Bill? He hasn’t produced in years!” Emotional responses are normal. Venting to co-workings and family is normal. However, the best thing you can do when getting laid off is to get over it and get immediately to working in finding your next step.
“Get Over It” by The Eagles. Yes, that’s the first thing you need to do, get over it and go conquer the world. You got laid off, so what…you have potential and are smart, you can find something else, something better. The Eagles give us a nice three guitar lead, the beginning is Glen Frey, the middle Joe Walsh comes in with a mean slide guitar and the climax is by Don Felder (the technically best guitarist in the band.) Don Henley delivers great lyrics and tells you not to feel sorry for yourself. “Complain about the present and blame it on the past. I’d like to find your inner child and kick its little ass”.
First things first, and this blog is not about career advice, but do the basic blocking and tackling of cleaning and updating your resume. Then get out there and network with everyone in your industry possible. Let them know what you can do and ask for connections to specific targeted companies. Most importantly take the first reasonable opportunity you come across, even if it isn’t a perfect fit and keep the search going. It’s much better to have a job and search for another than to become unemployable by being out of work too long. So Get Over It and get hard at work finding new work!