Whether you call it a layoff, reduction in force, or a RIF, “getting a pink slip” and getting “let go” isn’t something you look forward to. I know. It has happened to me twice since I became a Veteran.
I know other Veterans who’ve experienced the realities of losing a job. Some worked in highly volatile industries that have a high turnover ratio (as in, there seems to be a revolving door at the front entrance of the office.) Others got caught in the middle of the familiar and constant change that companies go through. Still others felt like it was déjà vu since they just got an early exit from the military.
For me, the first layoff I experienced resulted in writing a book about the Military-to-Civilian career transition. I had a series of exciting private sector jobs that I thought would be there for the long haul, but it didn’t work out that way. The second layoff happened 10 years after the first. Although any RIF is tough, the lessons learned in the process helped me land on my feet as well as help others do the same. The journey from military-to-civilian life, with all its ups & downs, is what this GOING CIVILIAN Community is all about – sharing stories designed to help you learn from our mistakes and successes.
What follows is a Post-Layoff Checklist I’ve developed over the years. Even if you’re not in the midst of a RIF or layoff, this information might be helpful if you’re in the middle of a military-to-civilian career transition.
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About the Author:
Charles "Chazz" Pratt III is a former U.S. Army Captain who made the Military-to-Civilian career transition in 1994. In his book, The Fort Living Room Transition Course, he shares valuable tips and tricks to help you succeed. Since his transition from the military, he's worked in sales and marketing in the medical field. When not working or writing, Chazz enjoys spending time with his wife and kids as well as playing the saxophone. His goal is to provide unique perspectives on what happens before, during, and after the military-to-civilian career transition.
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