You had your eye on an intriguing internal role at your former company. Conversations had started, and a meeting was on the calendar with the hiring manager. However, days before the meeting, you were included in a round of sudden layoffs. Now, months later, you notice that very role is still posted. Should you reach back out?
Reena** was disappointed when a possible opportunity was cut short by an unexpected layoff. After months of unemployment, she sees the role is unfilled. While feeling unsure, Reena decides reconnecting with the hiring manager is worth a shot.
When Reena reaches out, the hiring manager is open to rescheduling their meeting. By taking a chance and following up, Reena puts herself back in the running for a great potential fit.
According to chief coach urvi, there’s no reason not to reach out if you’ve been laid off but a role you previously discussed is still available. She suggests:
Briefly explain you were let go before your prior meeting but see the role remains open.
Attach an updated bio summarizing your background and experience.
Politely ask if it could still be a potential fit worth exploring further.
Even if the response is negative, reaching out provides closure versus always wondering “What if?” And it’s a low-risk opportunity to practice sharing your story.
Don’t let a layoff deter you from pursuing promising prospects already in motion. With a little persistence and courage, you could pick up right where you left off!
Have you reconnected for an opportunity after being laid off?
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