Let’s face it, even managers get laid off. It happens, (I just lost a race for Mayor of my city) and while it stings, it’s also a chance to reflect and strategize. Here’s what I recommend doing to bounce back.

  1. Acknowledge Your Emotions (and Breathe!) It’s okay to feel blindsided, angry, or lost. Don’t bottle it up. Talk to a trusted friend, mentor, or therapist. But remember, this setback doesn’t define you.
  2. Leverage Your Network: Being a manager means you’ve built relationships. Reach out to former colleagues, industry connections, and even past direct reports. You never know who might have an opening or valuable advice.
  3. Reframe Your Resume, Refresh Your Brand: Highlight your leadership skills, team management achievements, and the impact you’ve made. Consider revamping your LinkedIn profile to showcase your value proposition. Update your skills and your photo.
  4. Sharpen Your Saw: Use this time to upskill! Take online courses, attend workshops, or pursue certifications relevant to your field. This demonstrates initiative and a commitment to growth. Start with a couple of free courses on @coursera or @LinkedIn.
  5. Remember, It’s Not Just About the Next Job: This could be an opportunity to explore a new path, launch your own side hustle, or even take a well-deserved break. Focus on what truly excites you.

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