I have just read the press release from Elop about the 10K new layoffs today (and other news). I wrote a blog article last year at February 11, after the big layoffs, with some little bits of advice to Nokia colleagues who had been fired. I will repost that today with minor updates.
My heart goes out to you. You were fighting the heroic fight and in my view, this was an artificial crisis, brought on by Elop and his mismanagement - ie the problem was bad management, not your work. So please take heart, that you have done your best. Here is a little bit of advice from an old Nokiadude who left 11 years ago:
(reposted from 11 February, 2011)
Hi Nokia colleagues, past colleagues and new ones who came after I left in 2001.
I have just heard that Elop's 'strategy' includes layoffs. I am VERY sorry for you. But please do not despair. You have stong competence in mobile, a very difficult complex industry. You have experience in the biggest company of that industry. Mobile is a Trillion dollar industry (1,000 Billion, or one million million) - you WILL find a new job. Do NOT despair. Just take a deep breath, and calm down, and focus.
The first thing you have to do, is update your CV now, and contact every single contact you ever had, and start the search for your next job. Do not despair. You will find a better job, and it will not take that long. The mobile industry is in hypergrowth, so there are plenty of jobs, including very advanced jobs. It is not as bad, as the recent economic recession was. If ever there was a time to lose a Nokia job, this is about the best time for it to happen haha, you have no idea how much the rest of the world values your talents. Do not despair.
I have friends finding good CV assistance sites, I will shortly post here. I also have friends looking for good job-interviewing sites, and will post those also.
Please remember, if you are going to interview for a job outside of Finnish companies, your Finnish job-hunting skills are not right. You have to adjust your CV to be far more 'international' (and by that, it means it has to be more 'marketing' ie more 'aggressive' and show more 'achievements' etc). I will get you help on that here, don't worry. As a rough guide, make sure your CV first page is not your educational achievements etc, you post all work in 'reverse chronological' order ie newest job first - and at least one paragraph per job. So you have to think of what all great achievements you've done in your current job. You can put easily one paragraph per about a year or two at Nokia, so if you've spent 6 years at Nokia, you should have 4-5 paragraphs about your time there etc.
Here are some companies that I know are growing, and will greatly value your skills. RIM ie Blackberry - thats based in Waterloo outside of Toronto in Canada. Samsung based in Seoul South Korea. Apple, California, Google, Cisco California. Also there are good smaller companies so they wont' hire tons of people but you could find a really good job if you have the right mix - so companies like Layar the Augmented Reality people of Netherlands or Flirtomatic of the UK or Fjord which also has a Helsinki office, or Artificial Life here from Hong Kong. I will also be looking for good companies and post more for you.
Obviously if you're in Finland, hit the Finnish companies like Elisa, Sombero, Book It, Sulake, Rovio, Kontra, all who have anything to do with our industry.. I remember when I still lived there, that Ericsson also had big offices in Finland but am not sure if they still do, if yes, contact them too! Also remember companies that are growing their interest in mobile like YLE and Sanoma etc..
UPDATE - here first sites. Help with CV (offer free reviews of CV's) http://cvcl.co.uk/tweets
Help with interviewing (thank you @kulturvulturz) :http://www.quintcareers.com/interview_question_database/
Guys, I am with you! You will do fine. You'll find a good job, don't worry. I will return here with more.
And please also anyone of my readers outside of Nokia, who has ideas, post for my friends and colleagues. These Nokia employees tend to be very highly trained, very competent, hard working people of exceptionally good work ethics and have learned to work in collaborative environments and all are perfectly fluent in English. If you are looking to expand your mobilista staff, please consider hiring these Nokia people now..