Due to the economy, a lot of people are experiencing layoffs and going through the stress of finding another job. Everyone has their own unique way and techniques of finding another job. I have acquired some tricks on my own by doing a little bit of research online, getting help and various opinions from friends and family, and just using common sense. I would like to share with you my ideas on what to do, how to deal with being laid-off and surviving the long, but successful journey to finding a different job.
All most everyone has been in a position where it’s your turn to be laid-off. You know it’s going to happen. You hear the rumors going around the building, and start going berserk about what will happen if you lose your job. You go home and make a jump start right away to update your resume to send if off other companies. Then the day comes, the day you have been dreading for, the day where your boss invites you to the office to sit you down, and politely says, “I’m sorry to say, but we are shutting down your department.” Your head spins around the thought of paying the bills, supporting a family, and not having a job to attend the next day. The first instinct when one gets first is to go home, get stuck in a depressed mode, and eat.
However, the best way to start of a layoff is to go home, strategize about your next move and get your resume out there, because the more time you spend gaining your network connections, the more chances of you getting a job quicker.
When you get fired at from a job, it’s natural to want to hide it from friends and co-workers. The fact is that’s the last thing you want to do. The first thing people assume is that you were on the chopping block for the reason that you weren’t doing your job. When telling your co-workers your situation and letting your friends know what’s going on, make sure you get your message across. Make sure to explain everything in detail that you being laid-off had nothing to do with your lack of work or effort. Make sure you get the reason out to why you were really laid-off and get rid of the negative opinions before they even start. The more clear you are and the more people that know your situation, then the chances are that they might help you or even recommend you to someone leading you to have an interview lined up sooner than ever.
While getting your message out, make sure you are also receiving replies to your message and ask for help. Make connections with people and use that connection to your advantage. The most important thing to remember during all this is to remain positive and professional. Losing a job is stressful and it’s natural to feel down at times, but do not let your co-workers see that in you. Remain strong and positive at all times.
The trick to reducing stress at a time like this is to be on your feet and always be prepared. The first thing after a job loss is to get your resume updated and sent out. Your resume should always be updated in case of emergencies. Personally, I update mine every 6 months or sometimes even less.
Another important fact during a job search is to utilize your networks and connections. Getting recommended to a manager by a co-worker or a friend is a big plus and works to your advantage. When your networks ask you what kind of job you are looking for, make sure to be clear and precise what you are looking for, but also be careful not to be too picky. Make a list of things you are able to do and hand out a copy to anyone willing to help. One of the many things people tend to after losing a job is to go into a tunnel and do everything by themselves. The trick is to do the opposite and be visible. Stay in touch with your co-workers and your former boss for recommendations. Do not harbor any dislike towards anyone. Be social and make appearances at job fairs or any sort of meetings to show that you’re still active.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help or accept help when people offer it. Remember, take advantage of your networks and connections. They are more likely to give you a lead in the door for your next interview. When those job offers start pouring down on your lap again, check all your leads. It’s important to track down and get in touch with everyone that might help you. Keep a list or a spreadsheet of all the names that are helping you and what jobs each name is associated with to prevent confusion.
Once you get help from your co-workers, networks, connections, friends, and family, be thankful. Send them a thank you letter or email and show that you are grateful for their time and help.
At last, all you can do is make sure your resume is out there. If you have the skills and talent to perform a job, then there’s nothing to worry about. It’s just a matter of waiting and seeing what’s open out there.
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Good luck in your search.