Former Meta employee still unemployed after 200 days, shares “scary” possibility | World News | spcilvly

A LinkedIn post shared by former Meta employee Susan Dutter is going viral, in which she shares her plight of still being unemployed after being fired by the tech giant 200 days ago. Dutter, who previously worked as a senior recruiting leader at Meta, said Tuesday that she never imagined she would be out of work for so long.

The logo of the Meta Platforms business group is seen in Brussels, Belgium.  (REUTERS)
The logo of the Meta Platforms business group is seen in Brussels, Belgium. (REUTERS)

“It has been 201 days since the Meta layoffs impacted me. I have been working every day to find a new job. I never imagined that six and a half months later I still wouldn’t have a new role. But here I am…” Dutter wrote, noting that it can be difficult to sustain life without work for so long.

He went on to say, “Not knowing if I’ll last another 6 months is terrifying. I’m hopeful that my 20+ years of impactful recruiting will lead me to my next role. I miss working, I miss collaborating on projects and building relationships.”

She reached out to her LinkedIn network for potential leads that could help her in her job search.

10,000 laid off since March

In March, Meta began a new round of layoffs, seeking to eliminate 10,000 jobs, mostly in non-engineering roles. This process began with a blow to recruiting teams, followed by another round of layoffs in April, when 4,000 positions were eliminated.

The March announcement paralleled the size of Meta’s previous round of layoffs in November last year, in which 11,000 employees were laid off. The cuts reduced the company’s workforce to where it was approximately in mid-2021.

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg had said in March that the layoffs would occur in three rounds and would largely end in May. He had also pledged to “substantially” restructure business teams and return to a “more optimal ratio of engineers to other roles.”

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