Q & A
Q:Unfortunately, I lost my job as a commercial account manager when my agency cut my position along with several others. I’m 60 days into my search and struggling to find a job. During interviews, when the reason why my job ended is brought up, it seems employers think there’s more to the story. I assume they believe it’s my fault that I was the person chosen to be downsized. That’s not true and super frustrating. What more can I do? — Ann in Chicago.
A:Dear Ann, what a tough experience to go through. I’m so sorry that you lost your job. I know it’s not easy, but I want you to be a ‘glass half-full’ person. After 12 years working in insurance recruiting, I can tell you with total certainty you will find a job sooner rather that later. U.S. unemployment is less than 4 percent; there are a lot of agency service job opens and very few experienced candidates. The work you’re putting in will pay off. Don’t be surprised at the end of your search if you have multiple offers. It’s the classic, “When it rains it pours.” I’ve seen it a million times.
Your concern is an issue of company stereotyping. I’ve heard, “Agencies don’t lay off top performers,” many, many times. There’s no factual basis for this type of broad statement, so take heart, I’m equally as frustrated as you! Let’s use this column to shine a light on these issues.