Laid Off - Again
Brutal as they are, multiple layoffs are becoming common. Nationwide, one in four unemployed workers has been out of work two or more times in a year-which translates to approximately 2,300 people in the Ann Arbor area last year.
The recession is the main cause, but other forces are at work as well. David Gruner, a veteran career and leadership coach and principal of Career Directions, mentions two things that can lead to repeated layoffs: the "luck factor" and the "last in, first out" rule.
Also, after losing a job, a worker may accept a temporary position, take a chance on a shaky company, or stretch his or her talents by taking on an unfamiliar position. That's how "Suzanne Smith" wound up in an executive job with a Detroit advertising agency two years ago. "Smith" asked that her real name not be used. because she doesn't want everyone to know she is unemployed.
"In Ann Arbor, you tell people you've been laid off for awhile, they kind of look at you different," she says-even if, as in her case, you have an MBA from a prestigious university.