Thursday, August 6, 2009

So, You've Been Downsized. Now what?

It's finally happened to you, the dreaded pink slip. There are many words for downsizing (i.e., restructuring, rightsizing, or de-staffing, to name a few), but the end result remains the same: you are unemployed. No matter the circumstance, it is difficult to cope with the idea that although you did a great job, they simply can't afford to keep you. The emotional process you are dealing with is similar to other types of grieving associated with loss, and may include denial, anger, or sadness. You are, after all, losing something that has been a significant part of your life.

So, what do you do now? You’re overwhelmed, emotionally drained, hurt and confused. But let’s be honest, you can’t control the economy, you cannot predict the future, and you can’t decide who gets laid off. Being proactive is the only decision you can control. Whether you are a new college graduate or have been with the same company for 25 years, the key to dealing with job uncertainty is to gain a sense of power and control over your career path. The old adage “when one door closes, another opens” is true, as long as you have the keys to unlock the doors of opportunity in your path.

Still overwhelmed? Our career transition coaches provide a unique personal learning program designed to provide supportive, targeted assistance for employees at any age or any employment level, who have recently been, or are about to be, affected by organizational and/or job changes. For organizations that have employees who will require outplacement transition services, we offer a comprehensive and cost-effective program of services designed to assist and guide them in their job search.

Today's displaced professional is likely to have a home computer with Internet access. Rather than providing office space and equipment, we focus on providing the displaced worker with what you really need -- one-on-one time with a Career Transition Coach who can help you identify your natural gifts and talents, and apply them to a career focus. We help you identify and overcome the initial emotional responses that naturally occur with significant life changes, and can become barriers that block your innate gifts and talents, and guide you to develop the resources needed to find your next job.

Our Career Transition Services will help displaced employees:

  • Discover your gifts and develop your talents.
  • Discover your passion and your best career path.
  • Provide you with a customized “personal brand” resume.
  • Find the best fit job openings for your talents.
  • Assist in your networking efforts to maximize your candidate potential.
  • Provide you with a personal image consultation to make certain you are presenting a visual image that matches your “personal brand”.
  • Introduce you to recruiters and search firms specializing in your target career focus.
  • Successfully navigate the interview process and prepare you to be a stand-out candidate.
  • Successfully negotiate future salary offers.

Just as athletes with exceptional skill and talent rely on the assistance of a coach to help them perform at peak levels, our career coaches can help you identify and refine your talents. We help you discover what you really want in your work and career, and help you harness your passion into your daily work life. We help you identify the barriers that block your innate gifts and talents, and guide you to develop the resources needed to find your dream job.

Are you ready? We coach you through the process of identifying the actions needed for you to successfully develop and grow in the next stage of your career. We help you discover. We help you define. We help you make it happen.

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