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Inspirational Workplace Q&A – I am losing my job, but I don’t know when…

Q. At the end of last year, I received the top rating on my performance review.  I asked if any layoffs were on the horizon, and my manager told me that it was possible, but my job was safe.  I thought I’d be lower on the list for a reduction because I did so well.  About two weeks ago, I got my 30 day notice of a lay off.  I was shocked, and I haven’t really done anything to look for another position.  Now, my manager tells me that they may need me around for another month or two.  He thinks that we might be able to extend it out until this storm has passed.  I’d like to keep my job if I can.  What should I do?

A:  First, I want to convey my sympathy to you regarding your current circumstances.  Many companies are finding themselves in a position where they are having to let go of their top talent.  My wish for you is that you keep your confidence level high as you move forward.  You have the proof in your hand that you performed well.

I don’t live in your shoes, so I don’t know what you “should” do.  That said, I can help you think it through.  Here are some questions to consider:

Can you afford to be out of work for an extended period of time?  If not, you might want to consider ramping up your job search now.  Taking positive forward action is one of the best ways if not the best way to feel empowered in a time of crisis or fear.  Also, it is taking people upwards of six months to find that next position, and if you’re like most, your business network and resume aren’t up to date.

How much postive energy will you feel maintaining in your current position?  For most people, being on the edge is stressful.  Being one of the ones who stays when others have been let go is stressful.  How are the dymamics of this position going to change over time?

What is the reward for staying?

What possibilities are open to you that you might not have though of up to now?

Looking for a job while you have a job tends to be easier in some respects.  I think the ability to walk into an interview without “needing” the position makes candidates more attractive.  There’s something about the confidence and demeanor that’s different, unless the candidate is aware and create a winning mindset.

What do you have to lose by starting your search now? What do you have to gain?

From my experience, I don’t see the downside of actively looking for your next opportunity.  I’m one who likes to do things on my terms.  My point of view comes through my filter that company loyalty is rarely rewarded after the layoff has been announced.   Your filter may be different.

Good luck, and Be Your Best You Today,


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