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Getting Laid Off? The #1 Thing to Ask for When You Leave

Part 3 of 3

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.

Outplacement counseling

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 lorib@yourpassioninlife.com. 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:

I look forward to helping you navigate these uncertain times in your career!

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paNASH Announces Free Career Coaching Resources for Tornado Victims Left Jobless

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 10th, 2020) – Career coach and owner of paNASH Career Coaching Lori Bumgarner announced her company is offering free career coaching resources for tornado victims left jobless.

These resources are designed to help those who are looking for temporary or permanent employment due to the destruction of several businesses during March 3rd’s tornado in Davidson, Wilson, and Putnam counties.

“I am saddened by the loss of life, property, and livelihood here in Nashville and surrounding counties,” Bumgarner said. “Clean-up is occurring rapidly due to the Tennessee volunteer spirit, but it will take a long time to rebuild. Now that some of the most immediate needs of victims are being met, paNASH is here to help with the process of finding new employment for those who are jobless due to the devastation.”

According to Metro Codes, there were nearly 200 commercial buildings damaged or destroyed by the tornado, resulting in both permanently and temporarily displaced employees.*

“Whether you’re seeking temporary or permanent employment, you need the skills to find something as quickly as possible,” Bumgarner continues. “The job search skills paNASH teaches are designed to help decrease the amount of time to find work and increase the quality of the candidate’s approach resulting in more consideration for advanced opportunities.”

paNASH provides several online career coaching resources available immediately to anyone who has an Internet connection.

Users from any of the affected counties can work online (either from home or a local library) at their own pace to learn how to significantly improve their resume, interview skills, and networking efforts. While typically there is a fee for these resources, paNASH is waiving the fee for those who currently find themselves jobless due to the tornado.

Bumgarner will also offer additional free career coaching services such as resume critiques and one-on-one coaching for a select number of people affected by the storm.

For more information, email Bumgarner at LoriB@yourpassioninlife.com with the subject line “tornado job loss.” Bumgarner will respond with details on what they need to do and the documentation they need to provide to get started.

* Source: https://fox17.com/news/local/nashville-devastation-395-homes-184-businesses-majorly-damaged-or-destroyed-in-tornado

About paNASH:

Based in Nashville, TN, paNASH provides career coaching services and job search preparation for those seeking a career change.

paNASH’s mission is to serve, educate and encourage others by assisting them with the discovery and pursuit of their passions in a way that honors their purpose and their own vision for success while amplifying who they are personally and advancing them professionally.

paNASH is owned by Lori Bumgarner, a certified coach with over 20 years of experience as a career adviser. She is a bestselling author and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, and Inc.com. Bumgarner has been ranked by Expertise.com as one of the top ten coaches in Nashville for three consecutive years.

For press inquiries, please contact:

Lori Bumgarner

paNASH

615.375.6742

LoriB@yourpassioninlife.com