Came out of nowhere but started my role late last year as an AE in the middle of December. Hired in a class of 3 AEs on the same date. No one closed anything this year including the 3 senior AEs who had been here for over a year. I drove the most pipeline in the team and set the most meetings for myself that showed but to expect me to close within 3 months was just unrealistic.
Things were going as normal but then my manager called me out of the blue during lunch. Told me that I am getting laid off and offered me a severance package of a month. Apparently, one other rep got laid off this week (it was one of the newer ones) and our VP of Sales was let go last week.
I thought I had made the right decision as the industry we were in sold more of a need to have than nice to have product.
In the previous role I got promoted from BDR to AE but after 11 mos as an AE, had to leave because of how toxic it got.
This role, barely 3 months as an AE, and I am let go. I cannot show that I have a year plus of AE experience. I am afraid I am going to be in a spot where I will have to restart as a BDR again or even worse, just be unemployed for months in this climate.
In any other environment, I feel like I could get back up on my feet if I got laid off but in this one, I feel so discouraged....