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The 25-point layoff success checklist that tells you what to do when you're laid off.
Some companies are ruthless with layoffs, locking you out from their computer network and walking you to the door as soon as notification has been given.
Don't wait until you're saying “I've been laid off, now what?”
Even if your ex-employer-to-be isn't that harsh, prepare yourself in advance once you feel a layoff might be coming your way.
Free bonus: Download a PDF version of this article to use as a handy reference.
Layoffs are never easy for everyone involved. Deal with them like a professional and the good impressions you leave will only help you in finding your next job. If the company's situation improves, they might want you back or if you get laid off from another job, you may want to come back later.
“Fairly early in my career, I had to implement a RIF (Reduction In Force = layoff) for 1/3 of my department about 15 people in the terrible economy of late 2001. This was purely a monetary issue for the company all these folks were decent performers, however, they were chosen because they were in the bottom 1/3 in terms of performance.
The one thing I learned, is that you get to see a side of a person that you would never see outside a termination : how they react to the worst work news they could possibly get. Out of the 15 people some people were angry at the company and really angry at me, some people cried, and some people handled it amazingly well – so well that in 2 or 3 cases I decided that this person was so reasonable and so mature that I would have been better off firing someone else. In fact, one person said to me, “I'm really bummed out because I love working here, but I understand. Wow, this must be incredibly hard to fire all these people, how are you holding up?”.
While I could not reverse the fact that these people were being RIF'd and I had tried to help all 15 people with new jobs and references, it was hard not to work extra hard for the people who I thought handled it well.
To this day I have a great “last impression” of them. It made me feel better about recommending them for a new job, and in one case I was actually able to hire one person back 6 months later when I got additional head count.”
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