This is a companion post to my blog on What to Do if You Get Fired. One of the main differences between being fired and laid off is around the "stigma". It is much less; it is an "easier" psychological process wrapping your head around being downsized or laid off versus being "fired".
Even the words imply different things - fire really means pain but laid off is almost like saying you were just let go due to circumstances beyond the employer's control. "Fired" means, for most, that you did something to make yourself lose your job.
Ultimately, thought, the result is the same - you went from being employed and for most of us that means having a purpose and a routine to losing that footing in the world. It is a challenge to "bounce back" and it requires you to be ready for the change. It is important to have certain things "ready" at all times to be one step ahead of potential changes to your employment status.
Many of my clients are people who are currently employed and just being "Entrepreneur-ING" in terms of preparing for their next steps and these folks are the ones who are ready for when/if they have a change in job status. Consider hiring me for your next step.
If you are laid off, there are some positives around what you can walk away with, if you are ready to negotiate. You can negotiate a package for ending employment that usually includes severance payments and could even include career counseling or some other back end training and/or help for your next step.
If you are not given a package deal, consider negotiating to include severance package and/or career counseling services.
When given access to training and/or career counseling help, take advantage of it. Also always have your network and elevator value pitch ready and shared across your networks. Learn more about that with me here blog posts on how to network and crafting your elevator value pitch. You should share with your network both your elevator value pitch and the fact that you are available for a new opportunity.
No matter that you got "laid off" it is more important to move past it as soon as possible and begin planning on taking your next step. It can be tempting to take the decision made by the company too hard. Parting ways with your company can be upsetting and/or depressing. It is important to always try to see silver linings in the situation.
Consider retraining and re-framing your skills much like I advise my clients when they are transitioning back to the workforce - if you have to have a blank space on your resume, try to fill it with training, seminars and volunteer work as I discuss in my blog post on transitioning back to the workforce. Also, you can register for my seminars here, - find out about my seminars here.
For the few and entreprenuer-ING (All About Entrepreneur-ING Books, you can wind up landing even somewhere more senior than where you left. I will be writing a future post on transitioning to a higher position after bad news of firing laying off or downsizing etc.
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Lisa Vento Nielsen