Whether you saw it coming or not, a layoff plain old stinks! The days after this life-altering event are crucial for setting the right wheels in motion. Shock, anger, frustration, and other emotions are normal, so be ready to work through them. They key to securing your next job is to get yourself moving forward as quickly as possible.
Talk To Your Family
Have an open discussion with your family, including your children, and explain the facts about what has transpired and how this will impact everyone. Ask your family for their help and support over the upcoming months and maintain open lines of communication about what is going on with your search. The fear and anxiety you are experiencing is normal and your family feels it too! When you talk openly and honestly about your job search, you help everyone understand their role and the progress you are making.
- Make a list of 100 people you know well and systematically reach out to them.
- Next, make a list of the top 50 companies you would like to work for or who could potentially hire you for the work you want to do. Learn how to find target companies.
- Now reach out to the 100 people on your list with a positive tone and request help, advice and information.
Please do not say “help me I am looking for a job!” Learn how to network without a resume instead.
Cut The Crap (Unnecessary Spending)
Create An Agenda For Success
Learn To Say No
It’s A Marathon, Not A Sprint
Inevitably, your job search will take longer than you want. Incorporate a healthy balance: exercise, eat right, get enough sleep, and remember, everything in moderation.
To get the full scoop, read my post on US News & World Report