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January 26th, 2019- How to Manage your Mindset after a Layoff

Imagine this conversation taking place in your companies Human Resources office:

“I’m afraid we are going to have to let you go. It has nothing to do with your performance. Unfortunately, our business plans have changed and we need to make cuts.” 

“Wait. What? I don’t understand. What is happening?”

These words can cut like a knife. Within minutes your world can turn upside down.  First, shock, then rejection, eventually panic sets in. Our mind is flooded with questions and clouded with emotions. “Why is this happening? What did I do? How am I going to pay my mortgage? What will my family and friends think of me? What will my coworkers think?”

Being laid off is one of the most difficult circumstances someone can go through. Although companies perform layoffs for various reasons such as: cutting costs, staff reduction, relocation, or mergers and buyouts, it is still not easy.

No matter the reason, you can’t help but take it personally. It can leave you feeling inadequate, angry, and fearful. 

One emotion just keeps replacing another each day. For some, it can leave a big hole in our lives, especially if you were truly invested in your work and work relationships.

There may be a mourning period after a layoff, so much of who we are is wrapped up in our jobs and the relationships we develop while at work.

We have to remember not to let all the bad feelings take us down.  It’s important to remain positive and focus on the road ahead. We have provided some practical advice on how to manage your mindset after a layoff.

  1. Remember, this was a business decision.
    Business models change. They are in business to make money. Sometimes, it is the simplest way for companies to reduce their cost. Think of it the way as the way you run your own home. We are constantly making economic decisions that affect our bottom line at home, businesses do the same thing. 
  2. Seize the moment
    Think of this as a chance to start over. Have you been thinking of getting a degree or certificate, maybe a career change? Dust off the resume and get it updated! OR It might be a good time to just take a break from working and this might be the time to do it! Look at this as an opportunity. Life might just be handing you the chance to do something that you have desired for a long time.  
  3. Keep looking forward
    Author, Max Lucado, said it best, “There is a reason why the rear view mirror is smaller than the windshield”. Don’t focus on the past. It’s behind you. Time to move forward! The future is full of hope. There are good jobs out there, you have gifts, talents and experience to offer the world. Go get it!
  4. Trust the journey
    Sometimes we get caught up in our own plans and ideas. We think we have it all figured out, but then life reminds us that there might be something better for us. Let go and let life take you where you are needed. Believe it or not, you might find a job that you enjoy more. You might even make even more money. The unexpected plans can be the best blessings. Let life be an adventure! 

    Remember ITS is here to help bring you on your journey to finding a career you love! If you find yourself unemployed right now, use this time to self explore, dig deep into your passions, and cultivate a new meaningful career. ITS hopes these tips helped you and wishes you the best on your new chapter. Until next time!

January 17, 2020- Selfish Meetings and Why They are Worth it!

A selfish meeting, what is that? Imagine a meeting you set with an agenda you create to leave with newly gained information. Don’t think selfish in the negative sense, this is something for you. Your growth. Your career and future. Another way to think of a selfish meeting is a smaller-scale, intimate networking opportunity. 

You might request a selfish meeting to:

  • Learn specific details about working in a specific sector, like the nonprofit industry or medical technology.
  • Get advice and tips from people who have gone through it, either a career change or interview process.
  • Practice your interviewing skills, it is always good to refresh these skills! 

If you have just graduated, unsure of your next move, or want to make a career change asking someone to hold a selfish meeting with you is a great start. 

Questions you might want to ask someone might include:

  • Why did you choose this field?
  • What do you enjoy about working in this field? What do you not enjoy about working in this field?
  • How was the interview process at X company?
  • What advice would you give for someone trying to enter this career or field? 

If you feel: stuck in a rut in your current position, want a career move, or are looking for your next opportunity, always give your local staffing and recruiting company a try. American Staffing reports 9 out 10 employees said staffing work made them more employable! So, hold a selfish meeting and start a new journey this year.

January 13- New Year, New Goals

We are Innovative Talent Solutions, a women owned and women ran talent firm with more than 15 years of experience in successful staffing across the Triangle Region in North Carolina. 

We are excited to announce that we are launching a blog known as “ITS Talks”, which will bring meaningful insight into staffing and getting to know our team at ITS. Each week our ITS talks will provide various topics on the industry and blog posts to our candidates, clients, and readers.

To kick off our first blog post and the new year we will be talking about goal setting and resolutions!

Did you know almost 80% of people will fail at their New Year’s resolutions? Why is that? It could be because these resolutions are unmanageable, unreasonable, or unrealistic. What can you do to change that? 

Try setting a SMART goal or resolution instead. What is a SMART goal? 

SMART simply stands for:






So, when setting your New Year’s resolution or goal, keep SMART in mind. If changing careers or finally obtaining a full-time job is one of your goals, how could you apply the SMART method? 

If you want to go beyond SMART, take a look at our tips for setting powerful goals below!