I was laid off. Twice.

Katrina Kibben's Weekly Letter

Katrina Kibben's Weekly Letter

May 29 · Issue #108 · View online

Every week, I'll write you a letter. A letter about anything, really. My goal is just to make you think.

If you’ve ever attended one of my free job post rewrite sessions or downloaded my book, you know I lost my job 3 days before I bought my first house. That experience was a big part of what inspired me to write better job postings in the first place. 
What you don’t know is how things went down immediately after my manager said the words, “we’re doing layoffs, and your last day will be next Friday.” 
I hated this job and was planning on leaving. Just a week earlier, I convinced myself to stay just a little longer - for my team, to finish projects… 
I made a million excuses to avoid change. In fairness, I was going through a lot. I was buying a house. My marriage was falling apart. I didn’t want to quit my job, but I needed to. It was making me miserable. 
None of that changed the fact that I was being laid off. 
As my manager and I sat in the inevitable awkward silence that lingers during a hard conversation, I heard the ding of someone joining the call. “Hello, it’s Christa from HR.” The name changed for her reputation protection. I’ll note, she was over 20 minutes late. I could hear the relief in my boss’s voice as he explained that I was “aware of the upcoming changes,” as if I were painting a room in my house.  
“Oh good, how’d she take it?” 
I angrily stammered something like, “I’m still on the phone.” 
I don’t remember much of what they said after that; I was angry. Caught off guard. Scared. Panicking. I was riding an emotional rollercoaster that I did not want to be on. 
That’s enough to transform this rollercoaster into a horror ride. 
I don’t want that for you. 
That’s why I wrote this week’s blog post. I know there’s no universal answer or formula I can offer right now. I can only give you what worked for me. 
After losing my job, I found myself craving small steps forward. These questions helped me figure out what those steps should be. I finally had some confidence about what to do next. 
Knowing what to do next to invest in your present and future can feed that anxious energy and help you figure it out. To help you get off the crazy ride and back into living the life you want. 
P.S. Offer still stands to help you rewrite your LinkedIn profile if you’ve been impacted by layoffs recently. Code ALUMNI will get you 20% off. If that price is too high, hit reply and respond to this email. We’ll figure something out.

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