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Bouncing back from a layoff

Some advice from those who have been there before
Target Plaza in downtown Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS -- When Kristi Piehl was laid off from a local television station back in 2008, the news was like a smack in the face.

"I thought I was at the place that I was going to be for the rest of my career and that was the shock," says Piehl.

She did what anyone in that situation does, she felt sad, and scared and didn't know what her next chapter would hold. After some time off, a lot of thinking, and a class at her church, Kristi decided she wanted to start her own business.

"I knew my passion was media, I knew I wanted to find a different way and had the flexibility because I didn't have a job," says Piehl.

Five years later, her news driven public relations firm, Media Minefield, has 13 employees and clients all over the country. Her advice? Don't jump. Take time to figure out your passion and then go after it.

Jody Kangas can relate. She's been on both sides of the layoff situation. Fourteen years ago she lost her job, but she was able to find another job fairly quickly and rise through the ranks. A couple of years ago she had to be the one delivering the news.

"These are your coworkers, these are people that you talk to every day and you have to go, "I'm sorry, but I have to lay you off."", says Kangas.

She says it's important to keep up your confidence in times like these.

"In the end it's not a people decision, it's a business decision and it's not because of anything you've done," she says.

While there is no good time to be laid-off, this according to experts, is a better time than most.

"The economy right now is as good as I've seen it in 15 years. Very reminiscent of 1999 and almost 2000," says Paul Beard with Skywater Search Partners.

He says junior level staff will likely find jobs quickly. There are plenty of big companies in town ready to snap up well-trained Target Employees.

"Many of those people will be able to take those skills that they've learned and transition it over to a lot of different organizations purely based on what they've done and Target's reputation," says Beard.