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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Boeing and the Layoff Culture

Water Cooler Wisdom

Within a few months, all anyone could talk about were the  mass layoffs  taking place around the country. No one had anything to say on this matter except a few academic researchers who provided an eye-opening account of their 10 years studying the layoff culture at airplane manufacturing powerhouse  Boeing. From 1996 to 2006, the group of scientists went onsite at Boeing to study what happens when a company is inundated with layoffs.

“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. career management networking outplacement resume downsizing Hurricane Sandy layoff pink slip

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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.

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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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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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“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.

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.

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.

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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. Cube Rules Commentary business network career managment employment security job performance Job Search job security Job Skills Layoff layoffs

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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. Handling Difficult Work Conversations and People.

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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. What is your layoff story and were you treated with respect and dignity?

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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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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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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.

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.

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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.

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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?’ Tips for Jobseekers.

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. photo credit: muffytyrone.

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“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.

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Laid Off? See 16 Ways to Make the Best of a Bad Situation

Catherines Career Corner

A layoff can be one of the most stressful events in a person’s life. If your number comes up during downsizing, it can feel as if you have lost your reason for being. During this traumatic time, there are some steps you can take to ease the pain and make the best of things. Keep [.]. The post Laid Off? See 16 Ways to Make the Best of a Bad Situation appeared first on Catherine's Career Corner. Related posts: Help! I Have Just Been Laid Off. 20 Ways to Land your Dream Job.

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“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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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. Factor in technology when determining your layoff or termination plan.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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5 Mindset Shifts Necessary For Career Success

Career Realism

Create multiple streams of income to insulate yourself in the event of a layoff or downsizing. Success in life truly is a head game. If your mind is not wired for success it can be challenging to achieve your goals. Watch: 9 Things You Can Do Today To Create Career Success. Here are five mindset shifts designed to support your career success: Mindset #1: I seek ways to add value daily. Successful people know that their value increases based on the value they add.

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updates: the friend-boss and more

Ask A Manager

I was told that it was because head office was downsizing our region. I was told it was due to downsizing in our region. Due to the layoff, I qualified for EI and am now looking for another position. Here are updates from three people whose letters were answered here in the past. Boss, then friend, now boss again (#3 at the link). It’s been about a year since I wrote for advice, and I’m still not exactly positive about how to categorize our work relationship.

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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. Late last week I read an interesting comment on a fellow HR Blogger, Charlie Judy’s blog.

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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.

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The 10 Key Components Of A Great Resume

Career Realism

Brief Explanations For Employment Gaps And Layoffs. If you were let go from several positions due to downsizing, mention this. A great resume is the first opportunity you have to make an impression on a hiring manager or a recruiter. And it’s important to make a great first impression.

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Change is Everywhere, So Bring It to Your Job Goals, Too

The Job Quest

As for the why, let’s see now… Job duties change Management changes Policies change Companies are bought, sometimes leading to changes in the corporate culture Co-workers change Industries change Businesses downsize or close, leading to layoffs (now that’s a huge change!)

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So You Are Sending Your Resume and Not Getting Results? It's Time.

Resume Help Blog

The layoffs. The downsizing in corporate America.

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“If I don’t like my new job, can I go back on unemployment?”

Sklover Working Wisdom

The circumstances that most commonly give rise to eligibility for unemployment benefits in this context are: (a) layoff, (b) downsizing, and (c) reductions in workforce. Question: Hi, Alan. I was terminated and have been receiving unemployment benefits for two months. The good news is I’m expecting an offer coming soon. The bad news is the job being offered may not be suitable for me.

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