Getting laid off is difficult and scary. It’s happening to so many people right now due to the economic impact of the coronavirus. It can make you feel like your career and your life is out of control.
On some occasions you can convince your boss or company that you’re worth keeping around. Such as when you’re able to show your past contributions to the company and the savings of letting you work remotely using hard data. Hard data gets people’s attention.
But if your data doesn’t outweigh the data that supports letting you go, there’s still something you can negotiate.
You can always ask your company to provide or include outplacement counseling in your severance package. It’s one thing you still have some control over.
Outplacement counseling is simply another term for career coaching or job search assistance. It’s set up to help you find your next job more quickly, and to make a smoother transition to it.
Many companies already offer it in their severance packages. I know this because I’m often one of the people they pay to provide such a service for their employees.
Take advantage of outplacement
If your company already offers outplacement counseling, take advantage of it! I’m always surprised at how some people just toss this benefit aside. Their company has already paid for the service, yet some employees think they don’t need it.
Even if you don’t think you need outplacement counseling, use it! If you already have another job lined up, use it to help you prepare for your first year in your new job.
Career coaching isn’t just for helping you find a job. It’s also for helping you succeed in your next job and building your career. And everything discussed in your coaching sessions remains confidential. It will never be shared with your past employer.
Ask for outplacement
If you’re getting laid off due to the coronavirus, and your company doesn’t offer outplacement counseling, ask for it! What do you have to lose at this point?
If your company needs convincing, help them understand how it not only benefits you, but also their business. It protects the company’s brand and reputation. It mitigates the risk of litigation. And, it provides them the opportunity to do the right thing for their employees.
If your company agrees to pay for the service but doesn’t have anyone to provide it, tell them you know someone! Feel free to have them email me, Lori Bumgarner, at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ve provided outplacement counseling to hundreds of companies’ employees over several years.
Additional help when getting laid off
If your company says no to offering outplacement counseling, there are still some free and affordable resources here at paNASH, starting with paNASH’s on-demand programs and free career success videos. Click here to receive free access to the following videos:
- 5 Ways to Pursue Your Passions in Life and Work: How to Overcome Obstacles and Achieve Job Search Success
- What NOT to Share On Your Resume: 13 Things You Should Delete Immediately From Your Resume
- The Most Common Job Interview Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
I look forward to helping you navigate these uncertain times in your career!