Being let go from a job is devastating and it might make you feel like a failure.

It can be a blow to your self-esteem, especially if you gave the job your all.

 

However, if you look at this layoff another way, it can be an opportunity to reassess what happened. Use it also to reassess your options moving forward and perhaps contemplate a different career path than you would have chosen.  Turn the negative experience into a positive one

 

Here are some lessons that you can learn to avoid a potential layoff:

 

  1. Make sure the job is a good fit for your personality-in this last role, if you found yourself a square peg in a round hole, perhaps the fit was not right. It is important to understand yourself, your strengths and the value you bring to an organization. Choose environments and bosses who are a good fit for your personality style.
  2. Make sure that you remain an expert in your functional area-did the expertise and training you once had become stale? Were you too busy working and passed up opportunities to learn new things? It is important to invest in yourself, whether or not your company does. Take classes, learn new skills, grow in your field and retain your expertise.
  3. Make sure you demonstrate your value-regardless of the role you are in, you should be able to articulate the value you bring to an organization. And you should be able to quantify this value as much as possible (money saved, processes improved, enhanced client relationships etc.). If management can’t justify your value, you might be let go.
  4. Make sure you are following the right agenda-you boss has a job to do and it is important for you to know what he/she wants. Know how to best communicate with your boss (email, phone etc) and be sure they know frequently what you are working on.