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The aftermath of a Layoff

Good morning ladies!

I am new to elpha and am thankful to Cadran for the invitation to join this women's networking group.

Last Thursday was a day that will forever be etched in my memory. It was the day that I was Laid off from Article, a company that I had joined a short ten months prior. Every day since that day has left me with a range of emotions; sadness, frustration, defeat, relief, desperation, shame, guilt, and worry. I liken it to the loss of a loved one and going through the stages of grief or loss. I know that being laid off isn't my fault, that I ultimately did not own the leadership actions that lead to the layoff, but somehow I am the one left to pick up the pieces. Walking through this journey has led to moments of frustration, sadness, tears, and sleepless nights but has also led to a laser focus on tapping into my network on LinkedIn to make connections for potential opportunities. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and that when one door closes that another one opens. I also believe that God's plan is always on time and comes with a bigger purpose for my life, but I know there shouldn’t be a but; I am exhausted, worried, and afraid that the 1-month severance package won't get me through to my next chapter.

With that said, I am here to network, lean on and be a comfort to anyone else who is experiencing what I am. If you are a recruiter and have job openings for Senior Talent Acquisition Leadership roles, I would love to connect and learn more. If you are going through similar experiences, I would love to connect for a virtual coffee to listen and provide some comfort during this difficult time. Whatever the case, I am excited to be on this platform to connect and make a difference.

For those who may be looking for talent, I have attached my resume. Thanks in advance for the referrals.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Tonja Wilhelms

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@tonjawilhelms, it's so kind of you to offer others help where you have been going through one of the most stressful situations yourself. I got laid off from big corp on February 2021, I can relate to each emotion you listed. I'm still working through these emotions, as I have been slow in my job find. I can go from 'oh I got this," to "I am worthless, that's why you're not at the co." I think mine is more trauma based. I do have resources that I am working through, I wanted to come here to say I relate and you're not alone.
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Don't know a lot about recruiting, but do your skills translate to technical recruiting? If so, the company I'm at Medely is hiring for one and I could put you in touch.
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Hi Tonja, sounds like you've been through a lot! I love your resilience and positive attitude, that's basically all you need to start a new career path. I'm a professional Career Coach so if you're seeking help in your job search let me know! (i.e. strengthening personal branding materials, effectively networking, understanding the suggested balance of time to spend across the key 7 activities in your job search, setting weekly goals, measuring your progress & self-reflections, interview practice, the impact of clarifying your ideal pathway, and more). BTW, my profile has a lot of info about me where you can get in touch and also book a free initial call with me if you'd like more support.
I feel for you. These types of changes are emotionally very difficult but please please please 🙏🏻 🙏🏻🙏🏻 don’t compare it to the loss of a loved one. No job loss should equate to that. EVER.