The layoff season can be a grueling test of reskilling sets. Hence, it is crucial not to panic in such times and instead face the situation with a positive and problem-solving mindset. So, what do employers really want? “They want skills that can increase or develop business. Organizations want anything that will make them more successful and more profitable,” says David Couper, a renowned career coach.

  1. Identify the Threat and Reskill – Why are employees being laid-off in the first place? Which new technology is around the corner? You need to gauge the upcoming pitfalls and bridge the knowledge gap by reskilling to the desired expertise in the market. Companies like Capgemini have been one of the firsts to realize this and would be reskilling one hundred thousand employees by 2018. But it may not be feasible for all to wait for their employers to take initiatives since time is a major factor here. Seek opportunities at the workplace to learn, listen to experts from your industry, read books that target particular skill sets, enroll in online courses, do everything that can help your case.
  2. Keep Your Work Ethics Intact – When times are hard, doomsayers are aplenty. With all the tension around, it can be tempting to discuss it with your peers. People will naturally try to speculate about prospective scenarios and even indulge in pinpointing possible layoff candidates. You need to stay above all this as it can quickly deteriorate your relations at work and distract you from your job, which is the one thing that you should actually be focusing on!
  3. Highlight Yourself Through Communication – Communication is a major problem at workplace. It is surprising that 46% of employees do not know what they are supposed to do next, after a meeting. Maintain a good track of the tasks that have been assigned to you and make sure that your boss knows about it. Being in his/her good books is important more than ever now. Don’t let your hard work go unnoticed! If possible, analyze the direct financial impact that you have had on the company’s books and try to communicate that to your boss through a healthy conversation. Let them know that you are worthy of your pay-grade.
  4. Be Proactive – Being open to take up any challenge is the best way to get noticed. Try to pick up extra tasks in addition to your usual work. Doing more than what’s required and coming up with solutions even before they are needed is what makes an employee indispensable to the organization. For example, let’s say that there is a scheduled software migration activity coming up over a weekend two weeks from now and there is a dearth of associates to make sure that there is no downtime. You can use such an opportunity by planning your work in advance and taking charge in project meetings to get hold of the responsibility.


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