December 17, 2010
This week, 600 people were laid-off from Yahoo. Massive lay-offs, especially during the holidays, are bad. They hurt a company’s reputation and put a lot of hard-working people out on the street at a terrible time. Sometimes, the company will offer a severance package or outplacement services…and sometimes they don’t. If you fall in the latter, I’d suggest you ask your employer to at least pay for a year’s membership to a Career HMO. Here’s why:
- It costs them $49 to sign you up, and only $9/month after that. So, for less than $150, they can set you up with a career coaching service for a full year that will focus on helping you find a new job. Given the average length of unemployment is 7+ months in America, it really is the least they can do, don’t you think?
- It helps off-set the bad publicity. Instead of spending the first few weeks telling all your friends and family how bad your former employer is (not the kind of word-of-mouth branding the company wants), the Career HMO will guide you and motivate you to want to find a new employer. In fact, it will prove to you getting laid off is enabling you to finally approach your career in a way that will let you find greater professional satisfaction. You might even end up being grateful to your employer for letting you go.
- It’s an expense to the company, so they can write it off.
- Getting help with your job search from proven experts will shorten the time you spend collecting unemployment. Translation: The company could save a bundle.