During the course of my career I was laid off once. It was the best thing to ever happen in my career. Simply because it woke me up! I was oblivious to the things that were going on around me. I had gotten to a point in my career where I was comfortable and even a little vain.
I assumed because I had finally reached my target industry the rest would work itself out. I was wrong. I got laid off during a few mergers the company had. I believe I was in the 3rd or 4th round of layoffs.
Sometimes getting laid off can be inevitable but if it keeps happening, you have to ask yourself why.
Here are 3 things to consider after multiple layoffs
You’re skills may not be competitive enough
Years of experience don’t always equate to a competitive skill set. Dated skills are the death of any career. Your skills need to not only be transferrable but they need to be competitive. When companies make decisions to lay people off, they often seek to keep those who have transferrable skills. Meaning when a ship is sinking the captain wants help from people who can actually help row the boat.
You may need to consider that this is not your passion
For centuries and decades, we’ve been conditioned to do what gets us paid and not what makes us happy. If you have been laid off multiple times during the course of your career, you should take a step back to figure things out. You should ask yourself am I doing what I love.
If you’re not, you also need to ask yourself, it is noticeable. You can spend years in a role thinking you are doing a great job because you are familiar with it. However, if you are not passionate about it, it shows. Sometimes passion is what pays the bills. Simply because you’ll work harder.
You may need to consider a career change
If you are following your passion and you still can’t turn it into a successful career, you might need a career change. Maybe you’ve outgrown your current career. Or maybe it has outgrown you. You should either look into ways to advance your skill set and if that does not work you should move onward. Find other things that you are interested in. Maybe you have a hobby that you can turn into a successful career. You never know unless you try.
Don’t be embarrassed, be encouraged to advance yourself.