Layoffs are brutal.
Throughout the past year, many companies have been conducting layoffs. Ranging from large corporations such as Tesla, Twitter, and Stripe to smaller businesses, 2022 has been deemed the “layoff season."
If you’ve been laid off or furloughed, this article is for you.
In this article, I’ll go over strategies that I’ve personally used when I was laid off at Snapchat.
These strategies got me 10 interviews and my dream offer at Google in a month's span.
Also, I will go over more tips for you to turn your layoff into something better.
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When layoffs occur, we tend to become anxious and worried; this is totally normal. However, one way to combat this is to instead get ready for the worst but prepare to make the BEST resume.
First, identify 5 job descriptions that you’re interested in that fit your background. For example, let’s say you want to work as an operations analyst in tech.
Just go on a careers website like LinkedIn Jobs or Indeed and find roles that are specifically for operations analysts in tech companies. By doing this, you’ll be able to identify all the skills and qualifications you need to make your resume the best it can be!
Next, get your resume fixed and ready to go. Do the following:
When you’re laid off, there’s a roller coaster of emotions. When I experienced my first layoff at Snapchat, I was surprised because it was my first role out of college and I didn’t expect it. However, I always saw setbacks like these as comebacks, and I hope you will too!
After the layoff goes into effect, do this on LinkedIn:
This led to one of the hiring managers reaching out to me via message for a role at Google!
After networking on LinkedIn and creating a LinkedIn post, plan to reach out to people who previously helped you throughout your journey by sending them an update via email. Here’s an example of what you can send to them as an update:
Hope you’ve been well since we last spoke! Thanks again for all your help throughout my career.
A few updates on my end:
How have you been since we last spoke? I’d love to catch up sometime, and if you know of anyone hiring for (role), please let me know! Have a great day and talk soon.
When you send your previous connections this, then add them to a Networking Tracker so you can keep track of who responds and who doesn’t. If you’re able to land a call with your connections, great!
Layoffs are scary, but remember this: it’s not the end of the world, it’s only the beginning. A layoff is just a setback for a comeback, and there are many success stories out there, especially with us at Wonsulting. If you want us to help you get back on your feet, definitely check out our Wonsulting Services Bundles and Wonsulting Online Course which goes over the entire recruiting cycle, ranging from creating the perfect resume to interview prep!
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The year was 2020. We met Gary Pierre during our Wonsulting Project 2020, an initiative we launched to help thousands of job-seekers land internships and offers during the pandemic.