The Downsized Diaries

My journey to my next career.

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My Interview with NPR’s Planet Money

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I was interviewed by NPR’s Planet Money podcast program today about being laid off. Podcast, blog post, and download links are here.

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December 5, 2008 at 6:40 pm

Laid Off on LinkedIn: How to Publicize?

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I’ve been avoiding changing my ‘title’ on LinkedIn. Technically I’m not “out the door” for another 6 weeks or so, but… I am looking for another job, so I need to make this known on LinkedIn.  My personal hang-up has been, I can tell when someone’s been laid off on LinkedIn because their title has changed to something like:”Dynamic, Experienced  Sales Manager”.  When I see these, my heart kind of sinks because I know the person isn’t employed.  My impression has been some of  these ‘title changes’ come off like a desperate profile.  No disrespect to anyone, I’m just sharing how I’ve perceived this up until now.

So my question is, how do you make your status known on LinkedIn without sounding “needy”?  Leave me your thoughts in the comments.

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December 2, 2008 at 7:31 pm

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…

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November 24, 2008 at 8:14 pm

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.

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November 20, 2008 at 5:08 pm


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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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The Experience of Being Laid Off

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“From this point on/it only gets rougher” –Andre 3000

Everything looked red.

That’s what I’ll remember about the day I got laid off, November 13, 2008. Not like angry “seeing red”, but more like “this is surreal” red.  “Spike Lee cinematography by Ernest Dickerson red.” My bosses face, the table, the conference room, everything.  I don’t know why.  It just did. In my mind it didn’t happen word by word, but all at once, like an experiential stream of consciousness. Like when they fast-forward a scene in CSI or something.

My next thought was,  “do I have to carry this big exit package of information out of here? Everyone will know I go it.”  I opted to take the long way back to my desk, hugging the wall.  Made it undetected and put the package into my briefcase.

For those of you wondering, I’m not out in the cold just yet. I have 60 days to find something else. I will get severance. There’s an outplacement service available.

I didn’t start this blog for pity or vitriol. I’ve been blessed to never have been laid off before now, so believe me I’m not complaining. I figure it will help those on the outside looking in understand what the process is like. Most of all it will be cathartic for me.

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November 15, 2008 at 11:39 pm