It happens to the best of us. Something changes in a company and all of a sudden there are layoffs or even worse, the company closing its doors. What do you do when faced with such a situation? It happens more often than you think.
Your first reaction is to get angry or maybe very sad. Before you walk out that door, remember that all of your colleagues are in the same boat. It’s important to connect with them in a meaningful way, perhaps exchanging personal contact information that will come in handy in the days to come. Make sure you keep it positive, even if you are very angry, there’s really nothing you can do about it. Leaving a good last impression is important. Many of these colleagues may serve as references in the future. You’re all sharing an experience together.
Ken was one of those retained to stay until the end. He felt bad for the colleagues who were leaving first, knowing that his turn was coming. He tried to stay calm and philosophical. He started preparing his resume, his LinkedIn profile, and exchanged phone numbers with his team. He was taking those first networking steps towards a new life. In a dire situation, you can’t let the circumstances define who you are. http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/30/losing-a-job-is-always-terrible-for-workers-over-50-its-worse/You need to take control and start planning for your new future.
In these cases, time is of the essence; get your paperwork in order. At times, other companies start recruiting right away for much needed skillsets, it’s important that you be ready for these opportunities. In a recent situation with a healthcare services firm, recruiters came to the offices to collect resumes and speak with the departing employees. This can shorten the time it takes to land that new job.
Have a plan ready for the first week. You may want to take some time off, but don’t forget that you can’t start soon enough to find that next opportunity. http://1technation.com/career-center-sudden-job-loss/ It’s true that the whole experience is stressful, so allow for the fact that you may need some time to sort through what happened. The reality is that interviews may take some time to set up, so if you at least set some wheels in motion, there will be offers to take advantage of once you’ve had a break.
Share your story. No, don’t make it some sad tragedy; just tell people what happened and the steps you’re taking to find a new opportunity. Be upbeat, positive and engaging. You owe it to yourself to demonstrate your strong resilient side, even if you are not completely feeling that way. Remember, it has nothing to do with you.
Don’t forget to sign up for reemployment assistance if you are eligible. Contact local career centers in your state and county to obtain the services offered. You may want to enter a specific job search program that will assist you with resume preparation and interview skills. Sudden job loss is very difficult to deal with; it’s a loss, no matter how you look at it.