Information Hub‎ > ‎TIPS‎ > ‎

Involuntary Separation

Updated 06/16/2017
SECTION UNDER DEVELOPMENT


   Involuntary Separation is the big "catch-all" classification when a person
   is terminated for reasons other than their own election.

   Telling people you were "Involuntary Separated" is sometimes perceived
   as "fired".  Your immediate goal is to communicate the driving factor(s)
   behind the unfortunate action to remove the "cloud" of a bad employee.

   Terms you may be able to use correctly include:
  •  Business Unit Closing or Sold
     This often involves large numbers of people over a few months or less and may involve a
     formal separation for purposes of the acquiring company to assess displaced employees for
     a new position or existing employees in the acquiring company will be handling the work for
     the new company.  This is common when a company acquires products or services of one
     company to reduce competition, leverage a customer base, acquire technology and/or the
     processed used, or other possibilities.  This is not seen as a negative against the displayed
     employees, especially if the business group was viewed as successful.


  •  Merger or Acquisition
     These often involve large numbers of people over a few months and in multiple work cities.
     This is not seen as a negative against displayed employees.   Being able to provide insight
     on why you were selected can be helpful to your cause and build some sympathy especially
     if you were liked, had a good evaluation, and did good work.

     
  •  Reduction In Force (RIF)
     A process where an employer reduces employee count due to various causes.
     This is not seen as a negative against displaced employees.  Being able to provide insight
     on why you were selected can be helpful to your cause and build some sympathy especially
     if you were liked, had a good evaluation, and did good work.

   Terms that are NOT favorable to your separation: