There have been significant layoffs across many industries this year, but especially in tech. What advice would you give a sales rep to help them bounce back after losing their job?

Negotiate a better severance package7%

Take a break (i.e. prioritize personal well-being)7%

Polish and update resume ASAP7%

Hire a career/life coach0%

Invest in training/classes/skill development13%

Network extensively53%

Consider alternate careers0%

Enhance online presence/brand13%

Something else (comment below!)0%


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Evangelism & GTM Strategy in Software, 11 - 50 employees
network, network, network! People are more willing to help than most realize! 
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Founder | CEO in Services (non-Government), Self-employed

Def like Amelia says here the best thing one can do is network! Find folks within target companies. get to know them, and understand the world they live in every day. Reach out to folks and see where they could make intros, or keep an eye out for you on listings. Its a game changer and will speed up the search tremendously 

Founder in Services (non-Government), Self-employed
The best return on investment is the one you make in yourself. Learning new skills after a layoff will help not only in the next job search, but also help in building your own confidence.
Founder in Services (non-Government), 2 - 10 employees
I agree with Amelia Taylor.  Others may not realize you lost your job and why.  --and if you want a new job, wanted to "lose" that job or just need a break, so people will help if you ask. 
Sr. Director of Sales Operations in Hardware, 5,001 - 10,000 employees
Looking for a job is simply selling your own skills! Many of the same skills a sales rep has from their sales experience will apply to finding a new job. 

Some of these skills include investing in your own growth, ensuring you have a robust personal presence online, building relationships with people and gaining their trust (networking!), and talking with many companies. Also, don't waste any of the shots you take because any interaction may be the one that will lead to a new role! Always give it your best. Do your homework on the industry, role, company, and hiring team and convince them that they cannot afford to pass you up!  
Director of Sales, Self-employed
Director of Sales in Software, 51 - 200 employees
Network like crazy and get your mental health right. Process what happened, take some time to yourself, and apply those sales skills to networking! How? Block off an hour or two a day to networking and work on yourself and your well-being the rest. With some skill, you'll be back in a job in no time
Head of Growth | Selling More With AI, Self-employed
100% Networking! 
However, this assumes the sales rep has been building strong relationships well in advance.
Founder, Self-employed
You can network your buns off but you STILL need a great resume!!  You want one that you feel proud to send out and that adequately communicates how amazing you are with DATA and IMPACT!
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Director of Sales, 51 - 200 employees

If you can get good at networking, you might be able to get away without a resume.

Though you still probably want to make sure your LinkedIn is on point.

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Yes, this is a good move for both the business and employees to recharge.31%

Yes, but vacation time could have been offered through a less disruptive model.49%

No, we can't afford to lose that many consecutive operating days.18%

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