Thursday, March 6, 2008

You're Going to Be Layed Off Too?

It's no longer a strange question to hear, is it? With some many companies announcing down-sizing, outsourcing, cutting costs, it's just a matter of time before we find ourselves consoling the next victim of this event - ourselves.

It's been almost 6 weeks now that we received the news. One company is outsourced by another and notice I'm not mentioning any names. It's not important because I'm not important - well, to them. I'm a statistic, a cost that Company A doesn't want to have on their books so Company B says well we'll take her on board, provided she has to take a paycut and she can't have any benefits. That was their offer and my reply was for them to have a nice day.

It's sad that companies are doing this, but it has become the norm for large corporations to outsource certain services and functions for cheap labor. Oops, maybe I shouldn't have said that, but it's the truth. And you know what? They're going to get exactly what they pay for.

Ok, so you get the news that you're going to be laid off or your job is going to be outsourced and your current position is in jepordy so what do you do?

a. cry, scream and take it out on everyone around you
b. send a nasty email to upper management letting them know how unhappy you are
c. go out to a bar during your lunch break
d. come up with Plan B

Answer C could possibly be an ideal choice for the very immediate short-term (only kidding) but yes, you definitely want a Plan B. Before you phyiscally begin the actual plan, make sure that mentally and emotionally you have a Plan B. There's no need for us to take this announcement personal, although it can be hard to accept. Sadly, it's about business and the needs of the business dictates whether we stay or whether we go, but our attitude about it will affect what we will do about it. The situation is still in our hands and we still have control, we're not going to let it control us.

There is life beyond our current jobs. Now it's time to look forward. If we have our emotional and mental Plan B in place, now it's time to physically put Plan B into place.
  • Update your resume, make sure it's current
  • Check to see if there other internal job opportunities at the company you work
  • Place it on various job search websites (Monster.com, Dice.com, Hotjobs.coms)
  • Check into your township website and see if there are any job opportunities locally
  • Inform your close friends, relatives, neighbors that you are seeking employement opportunites; network with others, spread the word about your situation
  • Check the local newspapers on Wednesdays and Sundays
  • Consider training in a field that interests you and possibly change your career choice

My current job is over the end of this month. There will be new folks in place to do the exact, same job that I had perfected for over 5 years. Me and my fellow co-workers had a nice, flowing system (IT software group). We received numerous commendations from our internal clients. No one could do it like we could. And sadly, Company B, who made the decision to end it all will find out that literally, good help is indeed hard to find.

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