Going through a layoff can be challenging. It can be an emotional time for you and you may feel like you are in a bit of daze. But you will recover from it and move on to bigger and better things. Here are some tips to get your through it and back on your feet.
This is a great time to dust off that resume and update it. Take a look at what needs to be added or updated. If this seems like a daunting task, then enlist the help of a resume writer. This is also a great time to reach out to your networks both online and offline. Let them know you are looking for a new position. Your network offers you many sets of eyes to notify you when opportunities come up that may be of interest to you. Go to networking groups in your local area so you can share your career information with people who may know of career opportunities. Even if they don’t know of a position, they might know someone looking for a candidate with your skills. The more people you reach out to, the faster you will find a new position.
Another thing to consider is what can you take from your last job that was positive. Use this moving forward to bring to the table for your next job. Remember don’t be too hard on yourself. Layoffs happen and it is not your fault. Move on to a better job. Maybe reflecting back on your last job, it wasn’t the greatest fit. Use this as an opportunity to find a job that fits you better and uses more of your skillset.
Make a plan of action of what you are going to do moving forward. This will allow you to benchmark your progress in finding a new job. A plan will give you direction in your job search so you are effective at locating a new job, after your layoff. This is also a great time to get creative with your job search and a wonderful time to get your resume and LinkedIn profile updated. Remember don’t get discouraged.