If you’ve recently been laid off, it can be a devastating experience, particularly if you’ve been at the company for a long time. There’s the anxiety that comes with not having a paycheck and the depression that accompanies not hearing back from the companies you send resumes to. There are feelings of uncertainty and uneasiness, both which can lead you into a cloud of negativity.
Here are some tips to keep you on track to kickstart your new job search.
1. Give yourself a minute to regroup. After the shock of a sudden layoff, many employees launch blindly into a new job search. Although having an income is an immediate necessity, don’t just jump at the first offer for a job you might not like. Take a minute to reflect and think about what you really want.
2. Rethink the possibilities. I wouldn’t go so far as to say this could be an opportunity, but it could be a chance to point your career in a new direction. Have you thought about going back to school, starting your own business or getting involved in a franchise system? Some of our most successful WirelessZone® franchisees were laid off from their old jobs and decided they wanted to be their own boss.
3. Tell people in a position to help. It’s time to network! Linked In provides a great opportunity to tell your peers your skills set and what you are looking for. Search both major and niche job boards to find the biggest variety of job listings in one place. Many job boards let you set up an alert so you get emails about jobs specifically in your area and with your skill set.
4. Plan out your time. Organization is one of the keys to a successful job search. You can’t lay around in your sweat suit all day! Time management will allow you to get focused. Set aside a time each day to focus exclusively on getting a new job and schedule in some fun time or time to work out so the stress doesn’t become overwhelming.
5. Don’t forget the small stuff. Have someone proofread your resume for any errors and make sure your voice mail is very professional. The old adage “the devil is in the details” holds true when you’re looking for a new job.
If you’re interested in discussing franchising, I’m all ears! If not, remember to stay positive and not let the frustration get to you!