If you’ve been laid off, these are the steps you should take immediately! Don’t wait.
There’s probably a range of emotions you’ve been feeling. That’s normal.
But I don’t want you to get stuck in any of those emotions or let them get in the way of what you need to do.
These are rules and reminders I hope you will remember.
10 Steps To Take After Being Laid Off
If I sound mean or pushy, it is because I deeply care. Being out of work is emotionally painful, not just for you, but for everyone who cares about you.
This is what you should have heard me say when you were first laid off, but didn’t, so I am going to say it again:
- Don’t keep your job search a secret! Tell everyone and be clear about what you are looking for.
- Pursue every lead and referral with the inquisitive eyes of a toddler.
- Stop playing on the job boards (so much). They’ll zap your zeal.
- Nurture relationships past and future. (Yes, it is called networking)
- Cast a wide net, look at and pursue opportunities that are different, yet possibly acceptable
- Consider relocation today, not 3 months from today. This means actively pursuing and interviewing for jobs outside your city, NOW!
- Juggle more balls than you think you can handle. Job search is about multi-tasking.
- Get out of your house and volunteer. You never know what might happen or who you might meet.
- Take care of yourself mentally, physically and spiritually.
- This will take longer than you want, so cut all discretionary spending immediately.
One last reminder
There is a strange and predictable phenomenon job seekers go through.
They get a lead or a land a job interview early in the process and stop all other activities, or at least get their hopes up and pay less attention to the other things they should be doing.
This is like watching a train wreck in slow motion. “Run. Run”, I feel like screaming. “Don’t stop looking!”
In fact, I hope you never stop looking for your next great job!
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.