Kimberly C. Kisner


Article in Resilient Living

Surviving a Layoff

Atlanta author shares her story, shows you how to get through it

By Kami Campbell

It goes without saying that the last year or so has wreaked havoc on many people’s lives.But even before the economy took a southward turn, many (including me) found out what it’slike to be the victim of a layoff. In my case, I worked for a small business and saw it coming amile away. Some people, on the other hand, worked in a corporate setting for years and were blindsided by the news.

In her book, Laid Off But Not Laid Out: Tips for Surviving a Layoff, Kim Kisner tells the story ofhow she was laid off several times in her career. After bouncing back from multiple layoffs, Kimlearned valuable coping skills – skills that can help those who have just experienced a position elimination or think that it’s coming soon.

Kim’s story begins with her parents, who both have their law degrees and have been very successful in their own careers. She was born in Boston and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, beforemoving to Atlanta to attend Clark Atlanta University. After college, Kim went back to Cleveland to pursue a career at a local television station, first as an associate producer for the news, then on the station’s Internet site. “I soon learned about corporate communications and became really interested in going in that direction,” Kim said. She decided to move back to Atlanta to work in that field.

That’s when the series of layoffs began. In her book, Kim explains how she had only been on her job one month and was shocked to get the news, so much so that she began to cry. Through this experience, Kim learned that it’s important to not break down or get angry in front of the HR representative or anyone else who is in the room when you get the bad news. It’s just one of many practical tips that Kim shares throughout the book. Some of these tips include:

  • Give yourself time to grieve the loss of your job.
  • Apply for unemployment immediately.
  • If you sense that a layoff is imminent, start preparing yourself.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  • Network with friends and acquaintances.

The book is full of advice that you can put into practice if you are currently out of work. For example, Kim explains how to deal with bill collectors so that you can work out payment arrangements or even buy time before you lose your car or property. “I’m happy to say that I still have my house because I worked with my mortgage company. They were willing to negotiate as long as I was honest and open.”

Kim also provides guidance on how to keep your spirit intact: “While you’re out of work, you have to stay positive and not be so hard on yourself. Take the focus off yourself by volunteering or even just helping a friend.” She says the bottom line is that you must trust your faith and

remember that you won’t be in a bad situation forever.

And Kim’s situation certainly wasn’t forever, either. She recently published the book you’re reading about now, and is currently working in the Atlanta area as a communications consultant. “I work from home, on my own schedule. I am doing what I love and it’s great,” Kim said.

But she hasn’t forgotten what drove her to write Laid Off But Not Laid Out. “I started working on the book in 2008 while I was out of work for several months. I asked God for direction and He gave me this assignment – to share my story so that it might help others.”

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