Jannet Walsh

Got layoff notice? Suggestions for help. . .

In Job, Minnesota, news, Workforce on June 11, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Jannet Walsh, Minnesota Native Daughter blogger

By Jannet Walsh
Murdock, Minnesota

If you are one of 40,000 workers that just received a layoff notice from the state of Minnesota, I have some suggestions that might just help.

You have three weeks to jump start your plan to find employment if the layoffs become reality.

In 2009 I wrote about my layoff from the New York Times Company, click to read link, and I want to make some suggestions that helped me through a difficult career transition. First, you need to start to relax right now.

Dealing with a layoff
Your mind is spinning. You are stunned, crying and finding little hope inside and outside. I know how you feel. I felt all those things the day I was laid off from my dream job in 2009.

Here is a news flash: You did nothing to lose your job or receive the layoff notice. It is the result of the current economic situation.

Still, it is time for the seven stages of grief and you might need to make final arrangements for your job. You might need to say goodbye and move on.

Many people are trying to help. Maybe they are saying God has a plan for you and that one window or door will close and another will open in your life. Everything is fine, just like the angelic Maria in the movie “Sound of Music” as she sings and plays her guitar on a mountaintop in Austria.

Right now you are nowhere near the mountaintop, but deep in the valley of the sorrow. The pasture is not green and the valley is about as deep as it has ever been. Ask your friends that are telling you that God has a plan for you that they should notify you day or night if they are contacted by God with a plan!

Remind people using the word “fired,” meaning you did something to lose your job, that “fired” does not begin to describe your situation of a potential layoff from your job.

My layoff – The day my job died, here is how it happened for me: A supervisor called me to report to a room filled with colleagues. I am told my job has been made redundant, meaning I am no longer needed. Never mind that I am a good performer with years of experience, expertise in my field and winner of many awards including one just before being dismissed.

I’m sure your story is similar to mine. Perhaps you too answered calls in the middle of the night – you left your warm bed to take care of emergencies related to work, but that is not adequate service to save your job. People with less experience kept their jobs, but they might be making less money than you. In the end you will never know why they were kept and you were not. Let it go.

I know it is hard, but now it the time to take the high road. Do not show resentment or bitterness. Play nice with others, stay positive, as you will need to use your former employer as a reference.

Secure as much help as you can from them before you depart. Find out what training, severance and letters of references you can take from this situation in the most diplomatic way possible.

The bottom line is that it is all about the bottom line dollars and cents, when it comes to lay offs. On the job you might have made friends, developed professional relationships, but it is only a business relationship, nothing more. Really!

Now, take a big breath. Start thinking that you will get a better job in the future than the one you had! Your suffering will make you stronger than the employees that were not laid off. This makes you better in the long run and already a winner!

Your friends and family at this time are sharing in your pending layoff and possible employment death because they care so much for you. They will be suffering along side of you in their own way. This is the time to enlist their support, network connections, and even prayers.

Search and Recovery – First response plan
1. Update your resume, but don’t dumb it down. Click here to see my on online example.

2. Call and email your business contacts that you are seeking employment. Apply for unemployment insurance.

3. Get help at a Minnesota Workforce Center

4. If you having difficulties handling your emotions, which is normal, reach out to your church, councilors or more. Emotions are your “human filters” when life is not completely in harmony. Click here for link for help.

5. Make a new business card, one that reflects who you want to be now.

6. Set up a blog or web page with your credentials and links to accomplishments, consider starting a blog.

7. Review your finances. Track everything you spend for one week. Eliminate anything deemed non-essential.

8. If you receive a severance package, pay down debt and start a savings plan.

Workforce suggestions? Please contact Jannet Walsh at jwalsh@wctrib.com for ideas on blog topics or workforce related topics.
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Native Minnesotan Jannet Walsh is a blogger, columnist, journalist, photojournalist, terrier owner, hula hooper and more! Contact her at jwalsh@wctrib.com Click here to view full biography. View her other blog at http://jannetwalsh.blogspot.com/.
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  1. You are just good. You know your things…

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