Downsizing During the Holidays: A Sign of Bad Planning?


Yes, it’s holiday layoffs season again! Every year thousands of Americans are downsized, laid off, or just plain […] Source. HR end of year planning layoffsThese past two weeks my Twitter feed has been full of announcements from colleagues about being let go, or having just missed being on the chopping block, while dozens of others found themselves out of a job.

Protect Yourself from a Downsizing Profession

Water Cooler Wisdom

« How to Work Around Office Problems | Main | Confidence Takes Men Further » February 24, 2011 Protect Yourself from a Downsizing Profession Many people don’t realize that industry downsizing will affect their jobs until it’s too late. One key question to ask yourself is if there have been major layoffs or consolidations in companies similar to yours. Actually, in a downsizing profession, layoffs are always come to the people who have no pre-protections.


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What To Do Before You Announce the Company Layoff


Let’s be frank no matter what the state of the economy is, being a part of layoffs is never fun. Downsizing, restructuring, or layoffs can negatively impact your company’s brand. Basics HR company layoff company restructure hr basics layoff restructureIn fact, it has been the worst part of my career in HR. No matter how necessary for your bottom line, it is imperative to […] Source.

Get Ready! The Layoffs Continue.

Careers Done Write

Bureau of Labor Statistics , employers carried out 1,434 mass layoff actions in January 2012 that affected 129,920 employees. Do you think a layoff could be as devastating as a hurricane? Many times the strongest contributors will survive a downsizing. According to the U.S. This number is slightly up from December 2011. If your company is the next to lay off employees, are you ready? It reminds me of way we prepare for potential natural disasters.

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Why layoffs are a jobseekers best friend

Resume Bear

ResumeBear Featured Jobs Support Job Trends Salary Trends Contact Us Email Posts Resumebear Online Resume ResumeBear Online Resume Builder Resume Delivery Resume Tracking Featured Government Jobs Resume & Cover Letter Tips Interview Tips Why layoffs are a jobseekers best friend 06. Layoffs suck. Insert the sound of fingers snapping here) Okay, besides the sentiment of my poem, what else do layoffs make you think about? Is there anyway a layoff can be a good thing?

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HP to Layoff 30,000 More — What’s an HR Practitioner to Do?


Big corporate layoffs commonly happen before or after the holiday season; while retailers are frantically increasing and then decreasing their workforce to cope with holiday shopping, other organizations are shedding personnel before the start of the new fiscal year. And if you’re in corporate HR, you’re probably gearing up, if not for layoffs, then another big end of year initiative. HP and Groupon aren’t the only firms making “corrections” through big layoffs.

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How a Mishandled Layoff Can Damage a Company’s Brand

Career Solvers

The commentary from Ann Curry’s fans in many ways mirrors the anger and disappointment laid off employees and even the layoff survivors often experience following a company downsizing. Companies should consider the following to better communicate layoffs to employees and customers. A damaged reputation spurred by disgruntled employees and customers following a downsizing may make it harder to attract and keep top talent.

7 Things You Must Immediately Do If You Suspect A Mass Layoff


Business firms around the globe are scrambling to cut down their overhead costs, and manpower salary is usually one of the most obvious targets for their downsizing measures. The layoff scare. You might be inclined to keep the impending layoff a secret from your loved ones because you don’t want them to worry, but this actually bad strategy on your part. Cut down on your personal costs as soon as you suspect that a layoff is near.

“Survivor Demotion” – When a Lower Level Job Is Preferable to Layoff

Sklover Working Wisdom

You see, over our many years of working with executives worldwide who have lost their jobs in the course of restructurings, downsizings and other events resulting in position elimination, many of our clients have said to us, “I wonder why they didn’t offer me the other jobs that were available, instead of giving them to less experienced and less valuable colleagues?” To assist you, we offer a Model Memo entitled “Requesting a Survivor Demotion in Lieu of Layoff.”

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Hurricane Preparedness for Your Career

Career Solvers

How can you be prepared if a hurricane hits your career in the form of a downsizing or company closing? Often there are signs of layoffs well before the pink slip is handed out. We may not be able to change mother nature or layoff decisions that can impact our careers but we can certainly manage how we prepare for these occurrences in the future. career management networking outplacement resume downsizing Hurricane Sandy layoff pink slip

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Career Skills: Rehearsing Difficult Conversations at Work


Dealing with Downsizing of Staff & as an Employee. Even though I wasn’t ready to move on, I was ready for the conversation that every employee dreads – the layoff with my manager and the HR director. I knew that it was no one’s fault I was being downsized and laid off, at least, it was as least as much my fault as anyone’s. Be ready to propose a solution, apologize, or accept a reprimand, or worse, a layoff, graciously.

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job offer from a company in the midst of layoffs

Ask A Manager

However, some time ago the company announced that it is downsizing and laying off half of its employees. But keep in mind that plenty of companies have gone through periods of layoffs and ended up perfectly strong. Layoffs aren’t in and of themselves a signal to run — you need to know more.). A reader writes: I’m a senior in college and I interned at a company this past summer and subsequently got a full-time offer.

Hey, It’s August. We Call This “Protect Your ‘Rolodex’ Month”

Sklover Working Wisdom

And even if they have access, copying or removing that contact information in the context of resignation, layoff or termination is near impossible, and even if somehow accomplished, quite risky. Before Resigning Fired, Downsized or Laid Off Monthly Newsletter Library Negotiating ? Seven Ways to Ensure Your Contact Info is Never Lost. “As As a general rule, the most successful [person] in life. Is the [person] who has the best information.”. – Benjamin Disraeli.

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Letter of Education – Key Words & Phrases

Sklover Working Wisdom

Because it is in your Human Resources file, a Letter of Education can be used to damage your interests, because it can be taken into account in future decisions regarding (a) compensation, (b) promotion, (c) retention or layoff, and (d) termination for repeated violations. Fired, Downsized or Laid Off Key Words & Phrases Misconduct and Bad Behavior Reporting or Complaining About What to Do Before What is the meaning of: “Letter of Education” ?

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“If laid off and offered a lower job, will declining it result in losing severance or unemployment benefits?”

Sklover Working Wisdom

When employers engage in a downsizing or layoff, most have first prepared what is commonly called a Severance Plan, which is a list of the “rules and regulations of who gets paid what.” Fired, Downsized or Laid Off Miscellaneous Q & A Severance Packages Unemployment Benefits What to Do After Question: Dear Alan: My husband was informed that his position will soon be eliminated due to restructuring following a recent company acquisition.

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Careers are over

Cube Rules

Have we seen the layoffs? The downsizing? Cube Rules Commentary employment security Job Search job security layoffsphoto credit: Alex E. Proimos. Most of us realize that just having a job does not make it a career. But there are a lot of us out there that think the goal in our adult working life is to have a career, not just a job. Unfortunately, careers are over. Think about it.

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Losing a Job is Never Easy: Just Ask Ann Curry

Career Solvers

Be clear on why people are selected for a layoff and explain the business circumstances surrounding the layoff. No employee should ever be notified of a layoff via email or social media. Following a downsizing, company executives should be visible and available to listen and answer questions. What is your layoff story and were you treated with respect and dignity? career management outplacement Ann Curry downsized fired job loss terminated

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Job Loss Matters, But Does Not Equal Life Loss

The Job Quest

Losing one’s job, whether it be through a firing, a downsizing, or a business completely closing, feels like such a kick in the gut. Career Job Search Job Loss Layoff Life LessonsI read a short excerpt from an interview of Grammy-nominated Christian singer, Steven Curtis Chapman. One of the topics discussed was the death of his five-year-old daughter two years ago.

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my internship is giving me back pain, asking for a raise during layoffs, and more

Ask a Manager

I was laid off from my publishing job last month due to restructuring/downsizing. Asking for a raise for a promotion in the middle of layoffs. But with this reorganization came a quite a few layoffs, and I hate admit it, but I don’t want to seem ungrateful for the opportunity. It’s four answers to four questions. Here we go…. My internship is giving me back pain. I have suffered from chronic back pain for years.

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PODCAST: This is HR (Pilot Covering Sephora D&I Training, Ford OD and more)

The HR Capitalist

recent layoffs at Ford Motor Company including a kinder, gentler approach allowing downsized employees to hang out for a few days after getting the news (14:06). (Email subscribers, if you don't see the podcast player, click here to see the podcast ). In the pilot of THIS IS HR , Jessica Lee (VP of Brand Talent, Marriott) is joined by Tim Sackett (President of HRU) and Kris Dunn (CHRO at Kinetix) for a discussion of industry news that only true HR pros could love.

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I’m getting laid off and it’s threatening my sense of identity

Ask a Manager

Due to the pandemic, there’s a re-org and downsizing and I, along with many others, are being let go. I’ve never been downsized or fired before in an over 15-year career. layoffs looming and baby on the way I’m getting laid off and it’s threatening my sense of identity was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. ask the readers layoffsIt’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question.

How to Walk Away from Something That Isn’t Working for You

Ms. Career Girl

The company did well enough, but it had a major downsizing, which led to a layoff (another FAILURE), which led to a career change. From a young age we are taught to, “Finish what you start.” Keep your eye on the prize.” And, “clean your plate.”

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How the Employment Security Hierarchy helps protect your income

Cube Rules

It’s clear that corporate churn, corporate reorganizations, and downsizing (or, in the company viewpoint, right sizing…) is here to stay. Mary Smith might want some career, job or interview advice now — but she can’t get it because she put her career stuff on the very corporate resources that get taken away from her when there is a layoff or job change. Job security doesn’t cut it anymore.

2011 146

Mergers, Acquisitions & Lay-Offs: Knowing When to Dust Off Your Resume

Career Alley

Mergers, acquisitions and company downsizing continue to squeeze an already choking job market. This was done in the effort to reduce salary overhead, and prevent a massive layoff. Even if you are not in a union position, your company may be in the process of a merger, or it may be downsizing on a weekly basis. But if your supervisor used to lay it on thick and suddenly goes quiet, the company may have layoff plans with your name attached to them.

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Lost Your Job? Ask Your Employer for Career Transition Support

Ms. Career Girl

Just as an organization is prone to downsize or grow, an employees performance levels can also change with time. Layoff. . The post Lost Your Job? Ask Your Employer for Career Transition Support appeared first on Ms. Career Girl. Losing your job is never easy, particularly when it happens without notice. Not only that it affects you emotionally, but you also have to figure out how to organize your finances.

I was laid off but but my employer asked me to keep working

Ask a Manager

It was the nicest layoff I could have asked for though, despite the circumstance – I saw it coming as my manager and I have been discussing growth opportunities here, but in a company that’s downsizing and only hiring entry-level positions, nothing has come up. layoffsA reader writes: I found out last week that I am being laid off from my job.

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“No Re-Hire” Clause in my Severance Agreement – Why??

Sklover Working Wisdom

Question: My employer was purchased by a competitor, and a large group of us were chosen for layoff. This is what a “No Re-Hire” clause in a severance agreement is intended to prevent: Employee “Bob” is fired, downsized or laid off, and signs a severance agreement that includes a release and waiver of all legal claims. As part of the severance offer, I have to sign an agreement. One of the sections of the severance agreement has the title “No Re-Hire; No Application.”.

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Can You Get Around a Firing When Interviewing for Work?

Cube Rules

Yes, there is a difference between a firing and getting laid off from a job mainly that many layoff victims are oftentimes kept in their company’s plans should conditions improve where they can be brought back. Whether it was a layoff, taking time off to go back to school or for maternity leave, a sickness, it can be relatively easy to explain the time off. photo credit: muffytyrone.

2011 138

Cover Letters, are they Really Needed?

Resume Bear

If you work at building enough of a brand for yourself — I’m not talking about a position as a junior analyst, although you can do that — I’m talking about someone who comes with real skills and says, ‘I’ve been downsized, what can I do, where can I get seen?’ He has unique insight into the financial services job industry including career advice, employment trends, fund formations, layoffs and hiring developments. Tips for Jobseekers.

“Can severance consist just of retirement monies?”

Sklover Working Wisdom

In my book, “Fired, Downsized, or Laid Off,” [ available by instant download by chapters or as a whole book] Chapter 18 contains a list of 101 different things I have helped clients obtain as part of their severance packages. The most common place I have seen employees receive enhanced retirement benefits has been in layoffs of union employees, especially public employees, and most especially, teachers. Question: I was recently laid off from my employer.

2011 116

When Work Sucks: How to Terminate Your Employee


In all my years of HR, January is the month when terminations, layoffs, and firings happen most often. If you have to let go of employees due to a layoff situation, then: Act as quickly as possible. Rumors about layoffs can ruin morale, so if you know a layoff is coming, set up individual meetings as soon as possible. Be prepared to answer those questions or provide information for them in a layoff or termination packet.

2013 107

Who Quits Their Job in This Economy?

Career Solvers

Once heavy layoffs occurred at companies, many were forced to do more with less. Frequently when employers know they may be facing a downsizing in the near future, they offer employees an enticing compensation package to voluntarily resign. Home About Us How It Works FAQs Contact Resources Request a Proposal Monday, June 21st, 2010 Who Quits Their Job in This Economy?

“Performance Improvement Plans – Resign or Attempt? Choose the Third Alternative”

Sklover Working Wisdom

In light of a downturn in business due to a series of West Coast union slowdowns, Katherine thought her employer might initiate some layoffs. LESSON TO LEARN : In difficult times, layoffs and downsizing are often disguised as performance issues. Severance is almost always given to those who are laid off due to a position elimination or downsizing. “Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe.”. Proverbs 2:11.

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HR Doesn’t Stand for Headcount Reduction


Headcount decisions, layoffs, corporate resizing , and downsizing are things that in most cases middle management human resources really has no involvement in. That HR generalist or partner who briefs you on benefit changes for the upcoming year, investigates employee complaints, and pushes paperwork has nothing to do with the decision to layoff you, the employee. Late last week I read an interesting comment on a fellow HR Blogger, Charlie Judy’s blog.

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“What should I ask for regarding severance?”

Sklover Working Wisdom

Having worked with fired, downsized and laid off employees for over three decades, I know that every laid off employee feels, first and foremost, financial insecurity. In my book “Fired, Downsized, or Laid Off,” I devote an entire chapter to 110 different – but valuable – “non-monetary” requests I have successfully negotiated for my clients. Question: I am a Director of Clinical Research at a start-up medical device company making a very healthy salary.

2013 116

Does Your Resume Make You Look Like a Job Hopper? | CareerSolvers

Career Solvers

Serial layoffs. You may be a loyal employee, but perhaps you have been the victim of serial layoffs and as a result, your resume depicts movement every year or two. Add a brief explanation following the dates of employment — such as “company downsized,&# “company relocated,&# or “company went out of business.&#

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How to Bounce Back After a Lay-Off

Jennifer Anthony

Take the steps necessary to strive towards excellence, even if you have been downsized. Share Email Print Facebook Twitter StumbleUpon Digg Reddit About Jennifer Anthony Learn more: [link] View all posts by Jennifer Anthony → This entry was posted in career advice , career change , career dilemmas , layoffs and tagged career change , career dilemmas , downsized , layoffs , networking , Occupational Outlook Handbook , online networking.

2010 116

How to Renovate Your Home for Your Home-Based Side Hustle

Ms. Career Girl

With the layoffs and downsizings in today’s economy, this may be your time. The post How to Renovate Your Home for Your Home-Based Side Hustle appeared first on Ms. Career Girl. Do you want to start a home-based business? If so, you’re not alone. A dedicated space to conduct your business has many advantages. The following are tips and suggestions on how to remodel your home so you and your business can succeed. Decide What Type of Renovation You Need.

2017 109

Being Laid Off? Know Your Rights As An Employee

Career Realism

In the post-recession period, many companies are downsizing when their business does not meet set expectations. Know Your Rights While layoffs have become quite common in all industries today, many employees do not know that the law safeguards their interests and welfare. Final pay may not include severance pay for the layoff. It is not mandatory for the employer to provide severance pay for any layoff unless a collective bargaining agreement is signed and put in place.


Retention Agreement Contain a Release? If So, It Just Might Be Your Severance

Sklover Working Wisdom

ACTUAL CASE HISTORIES : Likely due to recent news about shortages of qualified employees, more and more employers are using retention agreements to retain their employees during periods of insecurity, such as mergers, divestitures of company divisions, periods of lowered revenue as well as in event of rumored layoffs. The fundamental reason an employer gives money to an employee who is being downsized or laid off is not love, and it is not concern for his/her well being.

2017 126

Job Action Day: Create Opportunity In Your C-level Career

Executive Career Brand

Even as employers have been hiring again, a skills gap is starting to emerge, caused in part by workers taking on multiple functions when employers were downsizing. Personal Branding Magazine: How to Dress For Success Layoff Self-Defense FREE eBook Download My FREE e-Book UPDATED SECOND EDITION!!!

2010 134

5 Recruiting Trends in 2014 You Can’t Ignore #recruittrends


The majority of companies and businesses have recovered from our most recent recession and the reliance of c orporate layoffs, restructures and downsizing which I first wrote about in March 2008. Learn more about the latest recruiting trends of 2014, by joining me on a Success Factors webinar 1/23 at 10 AM PST. Click here. . 2014 is a Year of Business Transformation. 2014 is a year of transformation.

2014 113

The new global America for job hunters

Guerrilla Job Hunting

Under siege from layoffs, outsourcing, off-shoring, rightsizing, downsizing and bankruptcies, America is in the midst of a profound business transformation.  “It’s not the strongest of the species, nor the most intelligent, that survive; it’s the one most responsive to change.” - Charles Darwin.   It’s the result of developments in information and communications technologies, changing human values and the rise of the global knowledge-based economy.