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Jun 17, 2023

Given the rapid pace of change in today’s world, the average worker may expect to be laid off three times over the course of their career. While the experience of being downsized is no longer uncommon, it can elicit a range of emotions, from resentment and shame to excitement for the new opportunities ahead. If you find yourself facing a career transition – regardless of your unique circumstances – there are several steps you can take in order to ease the process and ensure that your next position will be well-suited to your goals, strengths, and interests. 

As the Senior Vice President of Global Operations and Delivery at Lee Hecht Harrison, a leading global provider for career transition and mobility services, Katrina Villarreal has over 20 years of experience providing services in the areas of recruiting, workforce planning, leadership development, change management and outplacement support. She is passionate about helping people – at what is often a difficult time in their lives due to having lost their jobs – see what options may be available to them and helping them transition into what could be an even better opportunity than what they had previously. In Episode 151 of The MINDSet Game® podcast, Katrina shares the following insights:

  • The importance of reflecting on where you currently are and your most recent position, including developing a strong “exit statement” to answer the common recruiter question of, “Why did you leave your last job?”
  • How seeking guidance and support from a career coach or trusted friends, colleagues and community can help you discover the different opportunities that may be available to you and lead you to your ideal next step 
  • The power of mindset, and how approaching your job search in terms of the mutual value that you and an organization can provide one another may help position you as a more attractive candidate 
  • Tips for networking and helping your connections help you 

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