My sister got laid off this week (tech company, not FAANG). This is the first time she’s ever been laid off and she’s trying not to freak out. She quit a great job to take this one, so she’s particularly frustrated by the situation. I’m trying to be supportive - but any advice, other than the obvious? I’ve not experienced this myself.

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Yes, tell her to reach out to her old company, make sure to make a post on Linkedin and tell her we've all been there!! Was laid off two weeks before christmas when I was 24 and thought the world was ending. You can have your job taken away but not your skills!!

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Calm down. Create a financial plan for the next 2-3 months. Negotiate severance. Get an attorney to negotiate if possible for you. Remain positive, go to the gym, and outside for exercise. Do not wallow at home. Then update cv and get into the job search. Also, she can post on LinkedIn that she is looking. At least her network will know, and there is no stigma around this anymore.

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Also not sure where you live, but it’s an opportunity to go to industry events and network in the evenings. It expands your network, and you feel better after connecting with other people.

Sorry this happened to your sister! Getting laid off is rough.
Giving her words of encouragement, let her vent and acknowledge what happened was terrible, if you have time to help her with her resume as she looks for a new job, helping her adjust her bushes for expenses for the next few months, maybe even helping out in some areas if money gets tight for her are the main things I’d do to help my sister out if she got laid off.
If she needs a referral to EY for tech consulting, let me know and I’d be happy to help!

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Yup there is a general slowdown but not a complete freeze in hiring, will be very dependent on level and skillset/team

If she left her previous job on good terms, perhaps they will hire her back.

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So sorry she is experiencing this.

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I’m so sorry this happened to your sister. If she has a good relationship with her old team, she might want to reach out to them and ask if they have any open roles and explain the situation. A similar thing happened to a friend of mine and his team was thrilled he was able to rejoin.

I also want to really emphasize that a layoff is a reflection of economic and business conditions— when I was first layer off I KNEW this but it still took a huge toll on my self esteem. I found a new role within 2 weeks but the effects lasted years. It may be helpful to remind your sister that this is happening a lot.

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Wish someone had told me in general when I was down in my 20s.
You have the whole life ahead of you, whatever you are going through right now is just a small speck.
Whatever happens, happens for the best. Something better is in store. We might not know what that better is right now, but for sure it’s there.
Best wishes to your sis and kudos to you for being an awesome sis !!

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My dad got laid off when I was younger and we had to up and relocate (family of 4) to a new city for him to find a new job. So based on your sister’s track record, I am confident it will be okay! Just keep offering encouragement and any other help (I.e. read over resume, offer to connect her w people)

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