That’s right! In just nine weeks, I went from getting a pink slip to negotiating my start date. On September 30, 2009 my boss and another leader came into my office and closed the door. “We need to speak with you for a few minutes. As you know….” In less than 20 minutes, I had packed all of my belongings and was standing at the elevator.
The next morning I started cashing in on all of my past efforts to master the art of networking. Years before, I realigned my priorities to not only include time for networking, but to make it a priority. You see, I had been in corporate recruiting for years, but my network was lackluster at best. I often thought, “It would be a shame to lose my job one day and not know enough people to call on if I needed help.” I didn’t realize I would be tested on this one day.
I updated my LinkedIn status, sent an email to my entire network (personal and professional), and reached out individually to people with whom I had built relationships. Within 24 hours, I received many emails and phone calls inquiring about my situation and offering to help. Wow!
Within three weeks of being laid off, I received a call from the organization which was to become my new employer. The hiring manager received my resume from not one, but two directions from my network contacts and wanted me to come in and interview. After six weeks, four rounds of interviews, thirteen meetings, three reference checks, and one background check, I received a job offer on December 4, 2009.
By applying the job search techniques that I had taught others, I was able to turn a layoff into a great 9-week vacation!