Career Crisis Email

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How can I help someone who has been laid off?
  • What do I say to someone who has been laid off?
  • When should I contact someone who has been laid off?

This cast describes your initial communications with a friend or associate whose career is at risk, for whatever reason.

We read in the Wall Street Journal this week about a bank failure in the US due to the mortgage/debt crisis the markets are facing. As it turns out, we have several Manager Tools members there, one of whom is a good friend of ours. Mark sent a quick email to this executive. When Mark mentioned to another member that he had done so, the member said, "I didn't want to intrude, so I didn't say anything." As Mark asked around some more, he discovered that others felt similarly. "Didn't want him to be embarrassed that I knew." "Didn't know what to say." "Didn't think I could help."

Well, they won't be embarrassed, here's what to say, and you CAN help. And, this cast has a nice surprise ending.


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"Manager Tools" and reaching out to

"Manager Tools" and reaching out to those in career crisis...

I just listened to Manager Tools ' most recent podcast titled, " Career Crisis Email " and it's a fantastic, practical run-through of how to reach out to and help people you might know whose employment situation may be affected by the current econo...

Hi Mark, I remember in one of the

Hi Mark,

I remember in one of the old casts you mentioned you have a cast on "if you are considering MBA". Any plan to release that anytime soon?

Typically manager flock to business schools in the period of recession. Next few quarters (if not years) are going to be tough for American economy. Those who are thinking of business schools, will take it up for right reasons. Also by following specific MT steps they might be ahead of the class before even it begins.

This was a very timely cast, and folks,

This was a very timely cast, and folks, this is going to happen to someone you know and care about. Treating colleagues with grace and kindness is a profound gift. It's by building our relationships, not merely striving on behalf of one's self, that society and economy progress.

John

This is really great advice. Something

This is really great advice. Something I heard a long time ago if you're questioning whether to make the call, send the card, etc.: "Always err on the side of kindness."

It wasn't a career crisis but shortly

It wasn't a career crisis but shortly after hearing this cast I got an email from a former co-worker that the credit union we worked at had just been robbed. I made sure to reach out to my close contacts there and see how they were doing. I could tell that this helped.

Unfortunately many of us will have need

Unfortunately many of us will have need of this cast in the coming months. Having endured previous downturns it is surprising to see how those staying can feel more awkward than those leaving. Some great advice from M&M.

If you are one of the unfortunate ones who are laid off fired or otherwise RIW’d (our heartfelt sympathies) maintain professionalism at all costs.

Before this podcast, I hesitated

Before this podcast, I hesitated calling people I know are affected by the current economic turmoil. I figured they already had enough to deal with, without fielding 1 billion phone calls. I was wrong.

I listened to the episode tonight and immediately called two friends that are affected. They were both very happy to hear from me. I have a lot more phone calls to make tomorrow. Thanks MT!

quentindaniels - as one of the people

quentindaniels - as one of the people you called tonight, thanks for your call. It was good to catch up with you.

Also good to talk to ctomasi today as well, thanks for the call.

Yes -- upon reflection, a good friend

Yes -- upon reflection, a good friend and neighbor, sensing my down attitude related to my job, invited me over for a simple "hang-out." At the time it wasn't clear to me just how profound his simple gesture would be; I'm guessing he still doesn't know it.

It is important to

It is important to understand the difference between a midlife crisis and a midlife stressor. As stated before midlife is a time from 40-60 where a person is often evaluating their own life. However, many midlife stressors are often labeled as a midlife crisis. David Almadia states that day to day stressors are likely to add up and be thought of as a crisis but in reality it is simply an "overload". -Garrett Hoelscher

I fully agree with you and

I fully agree with you and think that most people will actually be confused by the two different terms, althought they both means two way different things. I'll be looking into reading about David Almadia and his publications, as it really looks like he knows what he is talking about. - Fernando da Cunha Sterea

@rgbiv99 I fully agress with

@rgbiv99 I fully agress with you! It is better to do something instead of stick thinking whether you should do that or not. Good point!

-Fernando Cavendish