- On May 17, 2020
If you are a COVID casualty and are concerned how employers will view a layoff or stall in career progression, it’ll be ok. Employers are usually pretty understanding of economic conditions wreaking havoc on people’s careers. That’s what I saw for the Great Recession and Dot Bomb. Here’s what to say about what happened:
- Explain what happened in neutral terms: your entire team was let go, your group was merged into another, your product was cut, or no one was promoted over X period, etc.
- Talk about what you accomplished during your time there, e.g., you helped scale the business from $X to $Y, you launched ABC products in DEF countries, you increased efficiency in processing contracts from this to that %, etc.
- Discuss what you have been doing since the layoff, e.g. doing consulting work for your old clients, taking XYZ classes, getting certified in your space.
- Make clear you are energized; explain how you can immediately contribute to the employer.
The economy has tanked before, but stars will always shine with their work ethic, high EQ, and on-point skills.