50 Conversations

How to bounce back after a layoff to come back even stronger

Episode Summary

As a society we don't talk a lot about layoffs. So in this episode we're tackling it head on. Kelly serves up her career story alongside an honest discussion about how to adjust after being laid off. Kelly is a Senior Salesforce Business Operations Analyst who works in tech. She's also had a few career shifts along the way. She's done accounting work for a dental company, worked as a fabric librarian in interior design, and provided administrative support for a construction company. Kelly shares how her career shifts haven't always been intentional. She's been laid off three times but her career story is one of success after layoffs. It's one filled with finding opportunity, reflection, and learning from experience. Kelly shares how she's learned to be proactive instead of reactive so that she is always prepared for the unexpected at work. And she shares how she taught herself new skills to become a Salesforce power house. Plus we talk how to respond to the question "why did you leave your company?" after a layoff and the difference between certificates and certifications. Quotes I really appreciated from this episode: "When you are working, always keep in the back of your mind that it could happen. There are so many changes that people make within their careers for so many different reasons. There are corporate mergers, companies that just don't make it, and all different reasons for people getting laid off. It happens. It happens a lot. "It's helpful to be prepared. Document what you're doing currently in your career and make sure you're making those connections at work who could be a reference later on or know someone who might hook you up with a job. Expect the unexpected." "No matter what industry you are in, you are going to find people who are passionate about what they do and whatever career they found for themselves. Find those people and talk to them. They will listen to you, answer your questions, and point you in the direction of more information." "There might be options in your company. If you are thinking about trying something different, look for openings another department. If you have a good company and good relationships with the people you work with, they're a valuable resource." --- Thinking about a career change? Don’t do it all on your own. Get the book to help you figure out your next career. Explore my new book, Punch Doubt in the Face: How to Upskill, Change Careers, and Beat the Robots. Need a speaker to help your audience upskill and navigate automation in the workplace? Check out my talks at: www.nicollemerrill.com