Postscript to a layoff
Layoffs aren't easy for anyone. I've heard the stories of managers who preferred to resign rather than pick someone on their team. The trauma on the receiving end is obvious. Company support in the new job search varies tremendously, but I think this probably marks the upper limit of what the employer can do:
As noted, the Jobster employees laid off this past week were done so for strategic business reasons, not for performance reasons. This was a business focus move. Period.Jason's post continues with instructions on how to use Jobster to identify past and present Jobster employees, and then he invites recruiters to contact any of them—including the current employees.
In fact, we are quite proud of the fact that this company was built by some of the best and brightest people in the business.
I will personally go to bat for any of these individuals and am prepared to recommend each and every one of them. Part of my personal pledge to them is that I will do anything and everything in my power to smooth their transitions and help them land up in great places.
How many CEOs would publish the company directory, invite recruiters to look around, and offer a personal recommendation of everyone he just laid off (and an implied recommendation of everyone who's still there)? Very nice.
If you haven't tried Jobster in your your search yet, give 'em a look.