Downsized? Here's how to see it as a rebirth

So you got downsized. It's happening a lot this year — 579,260 job cuts reported so far, according to outplacement consultants Challenger Gray & Christmas Inc. — but the experts say you shouldn't see being laid offf as career death. In fact, it can be the beginning of a rebirth that ultimately will revitalize you.

"A majority of people end up telling you it's the best thing that ever happened to them," said Marc Cenedella, CEO of jobs site

How to get beyond the trauma:

  • Get rid of the negativity. Write an angry letter to your boss, then rip it up. Take a week of vacation. Get relaxed and refreshed so you can be positive in interviews later.
  • Make a plan. Interested in a new field? Here's your chance. Investigate retraining programs, take classes. "Reassess what you want to do with your career," said Tony Santora, senior executive at Right Management, an employment consultancy. Take note of your strengths.
  • Update your resume. Cenedella advises seeking out a professional resume writer. Work on talking up your achievements in the past.
  • Network, network, network. "Over 50 percent of the jobs out there are found through networking," Santora said. Reach out to friends, family, former colleagues. Use online sites like Call up trusted recruiters.
  • An interview is not a chat with friends. Remember to sell yourself hard and be positive about past work experiences and achievements.

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