The Downsized Diaries

My journey to my next career.

Archive for November 2008

North Carolina ranks near bottom in national jobs report – Triangle Business Journal:

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November 26, 2008 at 3:39 pm

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Skinned Knees and Job Searches

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Spent  a good part of the day at a friend’s house job searching online. On the way up her steps, I tripped, fell headlong and skinned up both knees pretty bad. I have not done that since childhood, and the pain was so intense at first I had to just lay there for a minute and let it subside. Despite being a good friend I’ve know for years, I didn’t tell her of my spill. Somehow in my mind I equated my fall with a failure, on top of my “failure” in the job world, and I didn’t want to be a pain.  I sat there and “suffered in silence” for 3 hours, praying the blood wouldn’t seep through my slacks. (It never seemed to hurt this bad when I fell off my bike as a kid.)

Without being melodramatic, I think today’s minor embarrassment is a metaphor for the feelings that people can encounter when laid off.  Something happens to you totally out of your control, yet you blame yourself, beat yourself up, do a number on your self-confidence. Rather than reach out for support,you choose to suffer in silence.

To all those out there experiencing layoffs, it is not a reflection of you, its not your fault. It can’t change your character, your nature, your spirit, unless you allow it to.

Off to apply more triple antibiotic cream…

Written by Krista Summitt

November 24, 2008 at 8:14 pm

Social Media for PR Class: Tweeting about layoffs at Zappos

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The lights are on at Zappos in terms of Social Media. Transparency at its best.

Written by Krista Summitt

November 23, 2008 at 12:09 pm

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JobCompass – Find Jobs Near You

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November 23, 2008 at 12:02 pm

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The Wired.Com Tech Layoff Tracker | Epicenter from Wired.com

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November 21, 2008 at 12:19 am

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Interview with NPR’s Planet Money

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Just gave an interview to Laura Conaway of NPR’s ‘Planet Money’ for their podcast.  Will post a link when it’s up. They are going to check in with me periodically on being laid off.

Written by Krista Summitt

November 20, 2008 at 5:08 pm

Reconnecting

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Had lunch with a soon-to-be-former colleague. It was good to reconnect with someone on “the inside” again; first time since I found out I was laid off. I found myself trying to make sure I didn’t come off like the bitter downsize-ee. Seen that behavior in the past and it is such a turn-off.  I’m still looking internally, but it just feels so alien now. Tomorrow I have to go in for my 6 month evaluation, as I’m not officially off the books until January sometime. I’ve never been more relaxed about it. Normally I’m on pins and needles before an eval, always unfounded. Now the proverbial “not so much”.  Stay tuned.

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November 20, 2008 at 3:24 am

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