Well I have been out of commission for a little while and haven’t posted much lately. My summer hiatus is over now and back to connecting with you all once again. Today’s topic is centered around what are the first things you should do after you are laid off from your job. I am not going to suggest you not panic or going to tell you “maybe it is for the better” or some catch phrase like that. Instead I am going to share with you the realities of what to do first and why.
Here are five things you should focus your efforts on:
1. Start learning how to conduct an online job search. I don’t advocate this approach as your only approach to finding a new job BUT it should be the place you start to explore the “low hanging fruit” opportunities. This is where many (not all) employers go to start their own search for new employees. This is also where many recruiters go to start looking for potential candidates in tough markets.
Learning how to conduct an online job search is a bit different and for another post. But start adding this activity to your daily to-do list when the hint of job layoffs are in the air.
2. Get your resume up-to-date. Don’t wait too long on this one. Find someone who can help you craft a new resume. Always keep in mind a new resume needs to have flexibility built into it so you can tailor it to meet the needs of online job postings you find or connections you make in the near future. Tweaking resume content for EVERY job opportunity is very important…so start thinking that way about your resume.
3. Commit to an amount of time each day you will be job searching. I personally don’t think you should search eight or 10 hours a day. That is an easy way to get burned out. Searching for three to five hours, five to six days a week is plenty. You will be searching when you meet people in other activities so don’t worry, you will get a lot of time in.
4. Find a new hobby or activity. After a job layoff it is important to make sure you are accomplishing things along the way. Volunteering once or twice a week in virtually any capacity will help you stay “connected” to the world in general. Don’t worry if it doesn’t help you find a job. Instead think of it as your investment time into other people. You will benefit from it every time you do it.
5. Start thinking about your financial future. This is a great time for you and your spouse (if you have one) to start prioritizing your bills and how you are going to try to pay them all. You might come to realize you need to find a part time job to bring in some income while you are searching. That is also why I don’t think job searching should be done all day, every day. You can find time to make some additional money along the way. Your finances will help dictate how much and for how long. Having those talks along the way will help keep the “monkey on your back” in check.
There are a lot of thing to consider when your job is eliminated by a layoff. These top five will help you focus some of your efforts in the right direction. A new job can be found with consistency…do a little each day and it will pay off for you eventually. These things to keep in mine will help you stay in the job search game for the long haul if it goes that way. There is a pretty good chance it will turn into a marathon job search. You can do it. You just need to be consistent.
Let’s Get Started!