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Whether you're a veteran with 30 years of service under your belt, or a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed new hire, layoffs will indiscriminately affect you. This is also true of "survivors" who will be left behind to pick up the pieces (and workloads) of those who have gone. It is natural to feel a sense of overwhelm, loss, and anger in times like these - and in the case of survivors, guilt. My advice: Don't take it personally. Don't internalize a layoff as a failure on your behalf or lack of appreciation by your employer. Remember that this is business, dictated by bottom line profits, stocks, and shareholder interests. No matter how mean-spirited your employer may seem, nobody likes to fire or lay off people. Accept this as a fact of life in corporate America and move on to bigger and better things, without harboring any hard feelings. With the right attitude and preparation, you will land on your feet and be better off in your next job.
Granted, having to start looking for a new job and go through myriad drawn-out interview processes is not everyone's idea of fun, especially if you've been entrenched in an organization for multiple decades and have not had the need to hone your job search skills and techniques. Look at this as an exciting opportunity to start fresh. Consider all the options newly available to you:
Believe it or not, you have probably amassed a huge network of supporters and proponents during your corporate experience. Draw upon it to find your next job or insight into what you should do in your next chapter:
I can't stress enough the importance of leaving your current situation on good terms. Keep in mind Disney's incessant tune reminding us what a small world it is out there. Chances are, you will run into your coworkers, bosses, and subordinates again some day and the reporting roles, structures, and relationships are not guaranteed to be in your favor.
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