I’m not proud to admit this, but I’ve been laid off three times. I’ve heard someone tell me, “you haven’t made it in advertising unless you’ve been laid off a couple times.” Looking back, I’m not sure I agree with that statement. Throughout this process, I’ve learned many major life lessons from getting laid off, including these ten:
1) Do not take it personal. There might be a million reasons why they let you go…it may not have anything to do with your abilities to do the job.
2) Take time out to sort out your emotions before getting serious with your search.
3) You need to be contributing to the bottom line (and justifying your existence) in your company at all times.
4) It might be a good time to start your own business.
5) Having a light workload might be good for your sanity, but puts you in danger of losing your job.
6) Join Toastmasters. It can help you to not only improve your public speaking skills, but it can also help improve your interview skills and expand your personal network. My biggest regret is not joining Toastmasters sooner.
7) Beware of April. All my layoffs have occurred in late March or April, at the start of second quarter…which gives me a strong sense of layoff dÃ©jÃ vu every year.
8) A layoff can turn out to be a blessing.
9) Don’t accept your first job offer during your job hunt (unless you are blown away by the opportunity).
10) Don’t ever believe anyone at your company when they say, “we don’t have layoffs here.”
Truth be told, I have learned so much more than what I have shared here. Perhaps there’s a sequel to this post. How about you…what have you learned from getting let go?
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