Redefining Self-Worth After a Layoff: Practical Steps for Recovery

43. Surviving Corporate Layoffs: How She Got Her Comeback with Jamie Ratermann

July 9, 2024


Layoffs often feel like one of the most devastating moments in your professional life. In today’s episode, Jamie Ratterman opens up about her personal journey through a corporate layoff, shedding light on the emotional and mental toll it takes. She along with Kendall Berg delve into the complexities of corporate dynamics, particularly the often-overlooked value of social media in building brand representation and fostering emotional connections.

Jamie offers invaluable advice for high achievers on how to rebuild and reinvent themselves after a layoff, sharing actionable steps and insights that listeners can apply to their own lives.

From Layoff to Self-Discovery: Lessons in Professional and Personal Growth

In a candid recount of a difficult layoff experience, Jamie Ratermann reveals the emotional and professional turmoil of navigating job loss. After requesting a raise and being told that meeting goals was simply doing the job, she found herself in a layoff meeting despite her significant contributions. Feeling betrayed and unappreciated, the experience was compounded by her manager’s misguided attempt at comfort with a hug, which only intensified the awkwardness.

Yet, layoffs often have little to do with personal performance. This story underscores the importance of self-worth and not relying on external validation from the workplace. For managers, the key takeaway is to remain professional and avoid emotional displays during layoffs, which can inadvertently make the situation worse for the employee. It’s a powerful reminder of the complex dynamics at play during career transitions and the value of maintaining self-confidence and resilience.

Recovering from Layoff: Reclaiming Self-Worth Beyond Job Titles

It’s a no-win situation. Kendall and Jamie discuss the emotional complexities of job loss and the importance of separating your identity from your job title. Jamie shares her personal struggle with this issue, emphasizing how high-performing individuals often equate their worth with their roles, such as being the “Director of Tech” or the “Head of Social Media Marketing.” This attachment can make layoffs feel like personal attacks, even though they are typically business decisions.

To navigate this, she recommends practical steps like writing down ten things you’re great at in your job to remind yourself of your value beyond your title. Additionally, she underscores the importance of having a support system to help process these feelings. This discussion is a powerful reminder that while professional setbacks can be painful, they do not diminish your inherent skills and worth.

Key Takeaways

💼 Corporate Layoff Experience

📱 Value of Social Media in Corporate

🧠 Mental and Emotional Impact of Layoffs

🧩 Advice for High Achievers

🌟 Building Personal and Business Brands

Watch on YouTube


  • 00:00 Intro Jamie Ratterman shares her layoff experience from a corporate job
  • 3:31 Discussion on the undervaluation of social media in corporate settings.
  • 5:02 Examples of successful social media strategies by brands like Wendy’s and Duolingo.
  • 6:53 Challenges faced in proving the value of social media to corporate leadership
  • 11:13 Jamie discusses her journey of rebuilding after being laid off.
  • 16:49 Advice for High Achievers
  • 21:02 Jamie explains the process of building a personal and business brand.

About Jamie Rtaermann 

Follow her on Instagram @jamieratermann

Listen to her podcast Limitless 

Check out her mini-course, “3 Steps to 30 Days of Content.” It’s designed to help you develop a rewarding and repeatable system for increasing your visibility and enjoying the process of content creation.

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