Job loss is not easy to deal with. Whether you knew it was going to happen or you were surprised. My post “I Lost My Job, Now What” covers the stages (which are similar to losing a loved one) as well as what to do first. And while somewhat of a cliche, it is very much like falling off of a horse. Once you’ve get past the pain, it’s time to get back in the saddle. One more cliche, but there is truth to it – when you are out of work, looking for a new job is your job. It is very easy to do the 100 other things there are to do rather than looking for a job, but you must focus your efforts on the future. In a slightly different order than my post referenced at the beginning of this paragraph, some links to Next Steps.
- Make a Plan:
- Planning for Your Job Search – Lesson 1 – Once you’ve got a great resume you need to have a job search plan.
- Writing a Career Action Plan – Another great article from About.com with additional links at the bottom of the page.
- A great book from David Allen – Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. Worth a read to help you focus getting things done in your life and job search.
- Positive Attitude:
- Check Your Job Search Attitude – You need to keep a positive attitude (yeah, it sucks to be out of work) – it will get you to your goal more quickly. Read about what may be keeping you from getting the job.
- Your Attitude is Key to Your Job Search – A great article from mashable.com and worth a read if you are out of work.
- Most have heard of this book and it is definitely worth a read. Not only is it a great resource when you are out of work, but can help in your overall life as well. The Power of Positive Thinking.
- Resumes – You should keep your resume up to date. If you are not looking for a job, you should still review and update your resume every 6 months or so. If you don’t already have a resume, now is the time to create one. If you do have one, time to update.
- 5 Steps to a Great Resume – Gathering Your Information– This is lesson 1 of CareerAlley’s free resume writing lesson series (of a 5 lesson series). Start with lesson 1, follow the instructions through lesson 5 and you should have a great resume.
- Resume Examples – Sometimes it’s easier to see a format and work from there than to start from scratch. These examples are from resume-resource.com
- Knock ’em Dead Resumes: How to Write a Killer Resume That Gets You Job Interviews – Another good resource for resumes with lots of great tips. There is a step by step guide for writing resumes as well as additional information on getting interviews. Once you get “the offer”, there is a good section on negotiating the best offer. The book includes strategies that have been proven to work over time.
- Cover Letters:
- Don’t let anyone tell you that you don’t need a cover letter. If you are sending a resume in response to an ad (online or otherwise) you definitely need a cover letter. Take a look at CareerAlley’s Insider’s Guide to Writing a Cover Letter.
- No “how to” article would be complete if there was not at least one reference to advice from About.com. Cover Letter Samples for Resumes from About.com has a few good cover letters to help you get started.
- Looking for some additional help? Writing Resumes and Cover Letters For Dummies is a good guide.
- Business Social Networks:
- Most would argue that LinkedIn is much more than a business social network (and it is). One of the best sites to find a job and, even better, to be found when looking for a job. Take a look at 5 Mistakes to Avoid on Your LinkedIn Profile.
- 20 Social Networking Sites for Business Professionals – In case you need more
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Good luck in your search,