- 8 years ago
Earlier this week, we were notified that layoffs are coming in the next two weeks – my department is being affected. I’ve only told a few close friends, all of whom have reacted by giving me feedback such as “not to worry”, “think positive”, “you’re too valuable to be let go…”
All I really want to do is have someone listen to me and my fears and concerns.
I am potentially on the chopping block right now, after a short 9 month employment at what has been a great job for what was expected to be a rock-solid company. Prior to that, I spent 10 months looking for work after being laid off from my employer of five years. Losing my last job was heart-breaking, losing this job 5 months before our wedding will be financially difficult – but if it happens, I have faith that things will be okay. Sometimes though, I just want to talk about how I feel and not be met with false hope, no matter how well intentioned it is.
I also remember during the time I was without work, how quickly I became tired of always being asked how my job search was going. If I had a prospect, I would be thrilled and telling people about it. I wished back then that people would discuss normal things with me instead of fixating of my lack of a job.
This time around if I am let go, I know what I will do differently. I will work on my resume, build my interview skills (although they are decently polished after 10 months!) and make sure I have great, professional clothes. I’ll be more careful about what jobs I apply for, I’ll stress less about what I can’t change, and I’ll promise myself not to take the rejection so personally.
Is there anyone else who has been unemployed during the recession and willing to give some pointers to the well intentioned friends out there? Advice as to what to say if you are asked about your work when you don’t have a job right now?