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Partners: looking for advice on how to articulate my story of being laid off from the strategy arm of a Big 4 in August. I was a strong performer (above expectation across all areas: util., sales, managed rev, project reviews, and upward feedback), and was told it my was tenure (<1 yr at firm), comp range, and a low forecasted dept. rev, that played a part. When I tell this story, I get the sense that it is “hard to believe”. Why would a firm lay off a high performer. Any thoughts?

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Thanks for the encouragement, all! Now I just need to nail some interviews at all the strategy shops!

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Did your firm lay off other people at the time under the guise of covid concerns? If so, that's all you need to say as far as I'm concerned.

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Yes, and the layoff was termed as a “COVID-related layoff”

OP - you’re over thinking this. Most companies these days are understanding that jobs were cut bc of COVID. You don’t need to rationalize your lay off by saying you had great performance, etc - no one is going to grill you about that. It’s not uncommon for people to be at jobs for short periods these days. Just sell yourself as a solid individual and performer in your interview. Answer the questions they ask with honesty - and don’t look to fluff up your responses bc you think they don’t sound “believable”.

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I have the same background as u. I’ve told interviewers that I was laid off due to covid reduction in force. They never questioned me. I was laid off in October and got an offer in January. Good luck

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You're over thinking this. It's the easiest story ever - COVID related layoffs in your division. Same thing happened in 2008/9, 2000 and 1992/3. No further explanation needed. Everyone will understand.

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Yes. And many firms that did Covid layoffs are now hiring again...I’ve seen many go very quickly into very good roles with no questioning it. Key is to be clear in your mind how you talk about it. Own it. And be positive. It’s happening all around.

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