A Company Poached Me, Then Laid Me Off. Talking About It on LinkedIn Helped Me Find My Next Job.

  • A company poached Amanda Nielsen from her job, then let her go 60 days later.
  • Nielsen has taken several steps to land good job leads, including her current position.
  • She says posting frequently on LinkedIn has helped her stay in her network.

This essay as told is based on a conversation with Amanda Nielsen, a Denver-based partnerships manager. It has been edited for length and clarity. Business Insider checked his employment history.

I have worked in marketing partnerships throughout my career.

I worked for four years at a software company when the company went through a series of layoffs. I survived the cut, but a lot of my team was laid off and the work wasn’t the same. I was opening myself up to the idea of ​​new roles when the perfect opportunity presented itself.

A manager from another company in the same industry contacted me and made me a job offer that I couldn’t refuse.

I accepted the offer. Shortly after my arrival, new leaders were put in place at the senior management level.

In October 2023, as my 60 days approached, the company laid off 30% of its staff. My entire team, including my manager and I, were laid off.

It was a shock because the company had put so much effort into poaching me, making me an attractive offer and spending time onboarding me.

I felt naive and stupid. I had just announced my change of position to my entire network and informed them of my new responsibilities. There were also practical problems: I had just taken out my insurance and I had requested the renewal of my 401K. Laying off my entire team also made me question my abilities and what it looked like from the outside.

Difficulties finding a job

Once I got myself together, I went on LinkedIn and let people know that I had been laid off and was looking for new opportunities. I also started applying for jobs online.

Even though I was open-minded about positions and had a strong resume and network, I struggled to find a job.

One thing that has changed since my last job search four years ago is the pandemic and the rise of remote work. Suddenly I was competing with people from all over the United States and the world.

In the past, I felt like cover letters and personalized applications got me through the door. But this time it didn’t work for me.

Strategies that worked for me

I took a step back and tried a few other strategies.

I got a job in three months. I currently work as a Partner Sales Manager at Box, a job I landed in February. I attribute it to some of the initiatives I took after my layoff:

  • Being honest on LinkedIn about my journey: Once I posted a post on LinkedIn about my layoff, tons of people contacted me and wanted to help me. I joked that my calendar was just as full during my job search as it was when I was working full time. I also continued to post content about my job search journey, which may seem awkward and uncomfortable, but it helped people learn that I was still on the market.

  • Asking people in my industry for coffee chats: I started attending in-person networking events and asking people in my industry to chat over coffee. It improved my connection with them. Getting out of the house also made me feel productive.

  • Request references: When I discovered that cover letters weren’t working like they used to, I looked for ways I could stand out differently. Once I applied, I would send a thoughtful note to the hiring manager or ask another working employee if they could help in any way. I also did my best to get references before applying, even if it meant reaching out to “loose connections” I hadn’t worked with directly.

  • Freelance work: I’ve been spending more time on my side hustle, a small e-commerce platform where I sell merchandise and offer independent advice. Even though I wasn’t ready to start my own business, freelancing helped me expand my network and get feedback on my skills. After two layoffs, it also showed me the importance of multiple sources of income.

These steps kept me busy and helped me find job leads, including my current role.

When my current boss was looking for people to expand his team, he reached out to his network for recommendations. My frequent posting and constant networking kept me at the top of people’s minds and I was recommended to my boss by several people.

Looking back, although it was painful, I am grateful for the layoff because of the opportunities it opened up for me.


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