Overcoming a Layoff as a Women in Digital + Tech
To all the ladies recently laid off: you are not alone. The recent layoffs in tech are disproportionately hitting women and people of color. The following advice is focused on meeting you where you are by focusing on what you can control.
Overcoming a layoff does not mean finding your next job. It means learning how to make the most of a setback that happens to us all at some point. Refining your mindset to being laid off is what will lead you to your next opportunity.
Here is some of our best advice for job seekers from our community, coaches, and facilitators.
1 – Go Ahead and Grieve
Let’s take a moment to acknowledge that losing your job is an incredibly difficult experience and sits squarely in the space of disenfranchised grief. Give yourself time to grieve. Take time to process your emotions and reflect on what you learned from your past job experiences. Give yourself space to think about your strengths, passions, and goals for your career.
2 – Ask
Don’t be afraid to seek help and support from others. Do you have a strong network? Or, mentors you can ask for advice and assistance in finding new job opportunities? Think about what you need, who can help, and make whatever your ask clear.
3 – Use Your Time
Right now, you have something you didn’t have before – time. Your time should not be 100% applying for jobs. Invest in your professional development – digital and tech are always changing. Use your newfound free time to learn new skills, take courses, and pursue certifications to make you more competitive and confident.
4 – Get Out There
Consider professional event networking, join online communities, and participate in job fairs to expand your network and connect with potential employers.
5 – Give Yourself Grace
Job hunting is tough, and rejection will happen. Don’t let it discourage you. Stay focused on your goals, and keep pushing forward. Remember, every setback is an opportunity for growth and learning.
Together Digital offers our job-seeking members a super-supportive online community where you can ask for what you need and see job postings from women inside the organizations you want to work for. We also offer members access to our mentor and member directory, dedicated peer groups, and a virtual weekly job-seeker peer circle group for members.