You've Been Laid off....Now What?
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You lost your job...but hopefully not your sense of humor

You lost your job...but hopefully not your sense of humor

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You've Been Laid off....Now What? Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Looking beyond the “helpful advice” People will want to know that you’re okay and will be tempted to tell you “this is for the best” and “everything happens for a reason. Smile!” Ignore this advice, as politely as you can
  • 2.
    • Delusional and Mystical
    • “ I've read fifteen to twenty business advice books and "success in business" books, which often contain what seemed to me delusional and mystical kinds of views of the world. Generally, that you can control the world with your thoughts and your attitude.” - Barbara Ehrenreich
  • 3.
    • Many so-called “coaches” will tell you that this is the time to think of the “ideal job” that you’ve always wanted.
    • That’s a bit like your spouse dying and someone telling you “now’s your chance to find a better replacement”
    • With ANY relationship and ANY job, there will be compromises and choices
  • 4.
    • Recent research has questioned the concept of “closure” and “acceptance” when it comes to loss and grief.
    • Understanding this means forgiving yourself for feelings of sadness, anger, etc.
    • You may have to conduct your job search while still experiencing many difficult emotions
  • 5.
    • Society is largely shaped by extroverts – people who draw their energy from constant interaction with others
    • Be true to yourself– if nothing else, take the Myers-Briggs test to find your strengths (yes, even introverts have strengths!)
    • Calling everyone you know and engaging in a stream of networking activities is only the “best” way to find a job if that route fits with your personality
  • 6.
    • If you’re tired of working for someone else and want to start your own business, that’s great.
    • If that’s not your bag, just remember that the last time every single person in the world worked for himself, we called it the “Stone Age”
    • The overwhelming majority of people who find great jobs in the next 12 months will do so at companies they don’t own.
  • 7.
    • As with any great challenge in life, the difficulty of job loss is best countered by maintaining an intact sense of humor
    • When you play to your own personal strengths, you tend to be more satisfied with the results, which is why “self-help” books are no help at all
  • 8.
    • Lastly, remember that free advice (like this presentation) is generally worth exactly what you paid for it.
    • YMMV!*
    • *your mileage may vary