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Questions tagged [layoff]

Questions related to the firing of employees, sometimes multiple employees, or questions relating to losing ones job

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Is job contract ending similar to being laid off? [on hold]

I've been working on a contract for over a year and lately the amount of work available has decreased. I have been paying into unemployment through my contracting company. If the contracting company ...
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Got laid off after a month without a clear reason - how do I explain this on my resume/in upcoming interviews?

I started a job in January as a Project Coordinator for an electrical company. When I was hired, the position was advertised as "Admin Assistant", but after I was hired, the owner of the company said ...
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Re-structure, job eliminated

My position was eliminated due to a "restructure" moving a position from a Development/Fundraising department, to the Business Office. Within a year, they hired someone new in the Development/...
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Emergency Job Searching Techniques

I was laid off unexpectedly last Thursday. The company for which I worked was acquired (I didn't even know this was in the works, and it sounds like most others didn't either), and the acquisition ...
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Requesting a lay off after being chosen to stay during a big company lay off?

I work in software engineering in the West Coast of the United States and I am a part of a dev team of about 45 full-time people. Recently, 30 of those people got laid off. Those 30 people will ...
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Asking for letters of recommendation when being laid off [closed]

My position was eliminated due to corporate restructuring. Multiple people were affected. When I asked my boss & manager for letters of recommendation, both of them told me they were not allowed ...
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Handling a possible distant layoff while accruing pension

I'm currently working in Ontario as a software developer for a regional government-funded organization which has a contract with a health-care vendor. Long-story short, it's this contract with the ...
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How to address being dismissed from a job in a very abrupt and rude way for no reason? [closed]

A friend of mine was recently laid off from a contracting gig. It was made clear from the beginning when he was first offered the role that it was a "high risk" position in the sense that both the ...
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Should I tell my prospective employer I’m going back to school ?

I was laid off 5 months back and I just got a job offer yesterday. It’s a contract position for 1 yr and the contract details have not yet been mailed to me. The problem is that I’m going back to ...
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Owner firing staff due to their politics: how to salvage the situation? [closed]

So I work for a small financial technology business in the UK, not quite startup size but close. We have a dozen staff on site and usually 5-10 remote contractors working for us. There isn't really a ...
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Would multiple “layoffs” over a short period be detrimental to one's career?

I have been "laid off" 3 times during the past 4 years. "Laid off" is in quotes due to the circumstances making it hard to tell if it can be called a layoff or not. First "layoff" was me getting ...
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What's an appropriate way to find out from a potential employer how often pay rises and layoffs occur?

Someone I know (went to the same university and friends on Facebook, haven't talked to them in almost three years now) works at the company I've applied for and this company has given me an offer. It ...
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Overlap in positions during layoff transitions

My current position is at a large-ish company that has a well-defined process for laying off or re-allocating employees when a project is terminated. This process is called "reassignment" and it works ...
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Is it OK to say real reason of Laying off to new Recruiter? [duplicate]

I am working as System Analyst in small scale company but my company lay off many of its employees, including me, because some clients left the company. Now I have started hunting for jobs, but if ...
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My manager tells me i have HR meeting tomorrow [closed]

I work at one of the big 5 Canadian banks in technology. My manager told me to come with him to a private room and he tells me I have a HR meeting tomorrow Thursday (payday) at 1pm. I ask him what it ...
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being laid off from internship because of international family emergency

How do I explain being laid off because my father in law was dying? He lived in India and I had to go over there and be part of the prayers and everything that lasts about 1 month. I told my ...
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Asked to secretly obtain coworker's knowledge before he gets fired

I was recently told by my manager that one of my coworkers (call him Steve) will be fired in a few weeks, as his last reviews were found unsatisfactory. My manager also told me to "inquire and ...
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What is the difference between being fired and being laid off?

This may be seemingly obvious question, but I can't quite grasp the difference, and I also haven't found a satisfying answer. Is it something like when you get laid off you still get to work for a ...
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Raises Terminated

My employer has recently terminated raises across the board, with no reinstatement planned, replacing it with a "bonus" program for work quantity, not quality. My boss has hinted that it is nowhere ...
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How to ask my manager if I will be laid off shortly after I was hired? [duplicate]

I joined a publicly traded company less than 6 months ago, as a full time employee, along with 5-10 people in various "IT" roles. The company has announced "cost cuts" of millions of dollars. Moreover,...
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Redundancy from first job but employer will only give start/end dates as a reference, will this affect future job applications

So a bit of history first. I have worked for a large company in the UK as a software engineer for the best part of 5 years now. This is my first job out of graduating university, the first two years ...
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Working From home for a small company vs In office for a Medium sized company [closed]

I was looking for some insight with other that may have had to make a decision like mine. I currently have an opportunity in front of me that will allow me to work from home for a small to medium ...
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Adjusting to Friends and Colleagues Being Laid Off

I work at a research facility which provides a comparatively stable and high tech employment for talented individuals (not just software and not in Silicon Valley). However, due to the shift in ...
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Layoff vs resignation, does it matter on employee record?

I have been suspecting my employer (Ontario, Canada) will be laying off some employees. I did not consider myself safe due to some non-performance related factors. Therefore; I have been interviewing ...
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How do I keep this from becoming my specialty?

Background I got my bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. While I was in school, I got an internship doing Instrument and Controls Systems engineering. I never planned to stay there, but when ...
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Leaving because of insecure job. Say it as it is in the interview? [duplicate]

Preface: I'm currently very satisfied with my job, and it's everything I wished for when I finished my Masters (4 years ago). Now, I'm considering applying for a new job, because my current company is ...
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Laid off twice on a row. How can I put it in a good light? [closed]

I am a more or less young developer. However, due to a weird combination of bad luck, lack of opportunities, newbie's mistakes and questionable management I was laid off twice in a row. My first job ...
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Arranging drinks with laid off coworkers in close-knit team

I work in a close-knit team of about 20 that just suffered layoffs. Some of the surviving employees and laid off employees are friends, and several survivors have suggested arranging drinks with the ...
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Why would a company blindside everyone during a layoff? [closed]

During a "downsizing" why wouldn't a companies give people 1-2 weeks notice beforehand so they have a chance to train other employees about what they were working on, say goodbye, etc? Severance pay ...
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My company wants everyone to obtain an IT certification in the next few months [closed]

The situation is as follows: The company I'm currently working at has been providing for a couple years now a "certification reward". Being an IT company it obviously values having certified ...
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How to benefit from being able to save my company from a disaster while being laid off cruelly [closed]

I'm seeking advice on how to handle a high risk opportunity. My employer recently had to do some layoffs due to changing the underlying technologies used for its products (ie: moving from C to C++, ...
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Morally, should I resign early to save someone else from being laid off? [closed]

I manage a team of 5, and my company needs to downsize it to 4. I have been planning to leave my job in a couple months time (moving overseas), but no one know this. Me leaving early would likely ...
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How to maintain/rebuild relationship and trust with offshore team when half of that team is cut?

Due to a variety of factors but mainly performance, my boss is releasing most of the offshore Indian contractors I work with. There are about a half dozen contractors there and myself, located in USA ...
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How to talk to a superior abour your concerns with recent mass resignations

The company I work for (as a contractor) was recently acquired by a larger company. This has led to mass resignations from people that have been working here for many years (and in some cases decades)....
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under-1-year experiences in different industries - Explanation/Support for Strengths [duplicate]

I was an international student studying for Accounting in Canada and decided to stay while working. I am in my 20's (but faced no real age-discrimination) first position: small biz. Business/Tax ...
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What are typical policies and laws regarding getting fired because of getting arrested? [closed]

This is more out of curiosity driven by a conversation with some friends than practicality, but I'm wondering now. I'm talking about being employed in the USA now. Let's assume in this hypothetical ...
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Look for a job while waiting to be laid off

So we've been informed that there will be a massive round of layoffs in a few months and that management still hasn't decided on who to lay off. I'm guessing that the chances of me being laid off are ...
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How to remain focused and professional in the face of layoffs?

My company recently announced they will be performing some layoffs over the next 12 weeks. My area of the company will be affected, so I have no choice but to assume I will be let go and am starting ...
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Is it normal for agency warehouse workers to have such high turnover (UK)? [closed]

My lodger, while he has so far paid his rent on time, has had a rather erratic job history while he's been staying here. He primarily works as a forklift truck driver/general warehouse assistant for ...
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How to share the risk of financial status with my team

the CEO told me that the company is suffering of a cash-flow problem and the board of the company has asked him to layoff and close the department that i manage and outsource the tasks of our ...
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How to deal with understanding the reason behind a layoff and capturing unsaid signs / issues that could have been a reason for the same

I have been laid off, and I am really trying to understand the reasons / reasoning behind it. Below is the context: We knew before hand that our company is going to do the process of layoffs. As a ...
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Questions about layoffs [closed]

I work in the bay area as a software developer and my company is laying off people: If I am laid off how much time is given to consider the severance package? My friend said that it will be an hour ...
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Is negotiating a severance package that includes my signing a NDA OK? [closed]

I've worked for my company for just under 10 years and until about the last year I would say it has always been pleasant and all levels of management have been open. Over the last few years the ...
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The company is probably dying. What should I expect and how can I prepare? [closed]

The numbers are looking bad. People are leaving voluntarily and involuntarily. What I hear down the grapevine does not bode well. There's a real chance that in the next few months to a year my ...
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Laid off 3 months into first job out of college. How to present this to prospective employers?

I graduated from college with a Bachelor's recently. I had already lined up a job at a small-ish web developer, which I started at shortly after graduation. However, the week before I started, the CEO ...
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Should I tell my colleague he might get fired? [closed]

I work in Germany, where a company can fire an employee at will in the first six months, but only for very good reasons afterwards. So the first six months are seen as a kind of probation period. In ...
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How to find out if my job is at risk of redundancy

We got hit with another wave of layoffs. Typical - comes Friday morning the boss calls everyone that still have a job to the conference room and give the news. However there is no assurance that there ...
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Why do companies fire and hire in parallel? [closed]

I've seen a couple of cases where companies lay off entire divisions because of corporate restructuring, legacy (or older) technology, etc. But at the same time they hire outsiders. Instead of ...
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Should I tell my employer I'm pregnant during redundancies?

I'm newly pregnant, and my workplace is a large government department with some fairly generous paid maternity leave conditions. They're also currently doing redundancies. I would prefer to tell my ...
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Deciding how many people to lay off, assuming attrition will follow

From what I've seen in the US high-tech sector, unless the job market is absolutely brutal, a layoff will be followed by more people leaving on their own in the next few months. Are there rules of ...