Career Calling

March 3, 2012

An Unexpected Layoff

One of my clients has done very well with a large corporation.  In 2010 and 2011, she received awards for superior performance.  Yesterday at 4 p.m., I received a call from this client.  She is being laid off because her department is being eliminated.  She didn’t have any hint that this would happen.

What should my client do?  First, understand that any layoff – expected or unexpected – is an emotional blow.  She will experience grief, anger, and all of the other emotions that come with any kind of loss.  She needs to give herself time to deal with those feelings.  Then get focused and moving.  If she is eligible, my client should file for unemployment insurance.  Then start the job search – Don’t stop until she’s landed her next job. 

It’s never easy to deal with an unexpected loss.  However, you need to keep in mind that such things happen, and deal with them in a way that keeps your life moving forward.


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