By Brenda L. Peterson, The Layoff Lady
I Found a Job!
After 9 months of career transition, I am gainfully employed again! I'm excited to be working in an amazing organizational development role.
Each layoff and subsequent job search brings its own challenges. Take a look at my lessons learned from this time around.
Lengths of My Post-Layoff Career Transitions
People often ask how long a career transition lasts. To give a partial answer to that question, here is my unscientific, skewed-sample-size data on how long each of my periods of post-layoff career transition have lasted.
The time listed starts with my last day of work with my previous employer (aka "Layoff Day") and ends with my first workday in a new role:
Overall, my average time in career transition is 128 days (just over 4 months).
Layoff #7 was the longest one I've had so far, and 3 months longer than my previous record.
Contributing Factors to Length of Post-Layoff Career Transition
There are a few key factors that made this period of career transition longer than after my previous layoffs:
The Numbers: Job Applications and Interviews
Given that my previous employer was starting to make organizational changes, including a few rounds of "quiet layoffs," I started to keep an eye out for a new job starting in July of 2022, which I've included in this summary:
The Insights: More Opportunities and Complexity, Fewer Interviews
One challenge during this job search is the newly added focus on work location--specifically the following labels: onsite, hybrid, and remote. Part of why I felt comfortable relocating from Minneapolis, MN to Omaha, NE in mid-2022 was the prevalence of remote work. I also realized that the definition of "remote" for companies can vary widely. As I reflect on my job search, I wonder how many positions I applied for with companies who were not interested in or able to hire someone who lives in my current state of residence.
While there are, indeed, many remote jobs available in my chosen field of learning and development, I discovered first-hand that companies and job search sites are not necessarily aligned on what each of these words means.
Remote jobs mean more applications for me and way more competition:
The Numbers: Working With Recruiters
Remember, LinkedIn is your billboard to the world. Be sure to make your profile a good representation of what you bring to the table as a job candidate. Have a strong headline that includes the job title(s) that interest you and a few key skills.
Have your professional summary in the About section, your work experiences, and at least a couple of sentences about each of your previous jobs. This is what recruiters will check after you apply. This is what may come up in a recruiter's search when they are sourcing candidates. Make this count. Here are the responses from recruiters this time around:
My Re-Launched Job Search
In April, when I re-launched my job search, I changed my overall approach.
At this point in my job search, I had also built stronger relationships with my colleagues in my Omaha-area professional development groups. When I first launched my job search in the fall, I had only been in the area for 2 months. Between then and April, I had met more people in person, talked with them in meetings, presented to groups, and helped a few of them solve business problems. I'm sure getting to know me better and working alongside me helped them to feel more comfortable speaking to my skillset and recommending me as my job search progressed.
My Overall Insights
7-time layoff survivor Brenda L. Peterson, The Layoff Lady, waxes poetic on layoffs, job transitions, & career resilience.