Rebuilding Your Career After Being Fired or Laid Off

Ms. Career Girl

This event is being fired or laid off by your employer and it has many different names; fired, laid off, downsized, reorged out, rightsized, riffed, whacked, kicked out, canned or just plain “let go.” It comes when you least expect it. It comes when you can least afford it. And it comes when you thought your “safe” job was forever. Usually the event takes place at about 3 PM on an ordinary work day when your boss calls you in for a “friendly” chat.

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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. Oftentimes in field HR roles, we are alerted to the fact before the general employee population that a reduction, RIF, or company change is happening. Late last week I read an interesting comment on a fellow HR Blogger, Charlie Judy’s blog. The comment was this: “HR simply stands for Headcount Reduction.”

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“Offered pittance of a severance. What is my next step?”

Sklover Working Wisdom

While out on sick leave, my employer sent me a RIF (Reduction In Force) Notice, and a severance package, which is so meager it is insulting. I proudly suggest you obtain an instant download of my popular book, “ Fired, Downsized or Laid Off: What Your Employer Does NOT Want You to Know.” Question : Hi, Alan. I am a long time reader of your blog. Great information! Thank you for helping us. the “little guys.” Never thought I would need your help, but here goes.

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Seven Short Q & A’s on Sunday

Sklover Working Wisdom

Last week I was notified in person that my position was being affected by a Reduction in Force (“RIF.”) I am really upset and depressed that this company now wants to downsize and restructure, laying off thousands of employees, maybe including me. Additionally, I have prepared several items for people in your circumstance that are available for you on our blogsite: (a) I have written a newsletter entitled “ Avoid Being RIF’ed – Five Effective Strategies.”

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“Should I ask for more time to negotiate severance?”

Sklover Working Wisdom

The way my employer did the Reduction In Force (“RIF”) was very unethical. Your belief that there was unethical conduct in the RIF, and unfair treatment of members of a protected class suggest that you have at least two of six kinds of leverage. Fired, Downsized or Laid Off U. Blog » “Should I ask for more time to negotiate severance?” Should I ask for more time to negotiate severance?” Published on May 27th, 2010 by Alan Sklover Question: Hello, Alan.

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think you’re applying for your “dream job”? think again!

Ask A Manager

The first turned out to be a nightmare, and the second disappeared due to a series of budget cuts and RIFs (the old term for downsizing) in the area. A reader writes: Why do so many folks talk about getting that “dream job” or working for that “dream company”? I’ve had three “dream jobs” in my working life so far. I pursued two, and the third found me.

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ex-husband is lying on LinkedIn, interviewer said I’m lazy, and more

Ask A Manager

Long story not so long, my ex-husband (with whom I have a cordial relationship and also two sons) was RIF’d a couple of weeks ago due to a merger. However, late last year, I’ve started to lose hours because the station was downsizing and shifting the employees around. It’s seven short answers to seven short questions. Here we go… 1. Should I say something to my ex-husband about his false LinkedIn profile?

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