Dear Job seeker:
It has come to my attention that you have recently been released of your duties. I am sorry to hear this news, I am sure it is very difficult for you.
In my desire to help (everybody wants to help you), please provide me with some simple yet very specific ways in which I can help you. First, tell me the job you are most interested in. Tell me where you want to work (name companies), And tell my why you are great at what you do (45 second elevator pitch).
Here is some unsolicited, yet probably needed advice:
Please reach out to others for help and advice. Join job seeker networking groups, professional associations and volunteer. Keep yourself active and engaged.
Get on LinkedInand build a meaningful on-line network.
Remember to take care of you. As they say in the airplane, please put your oxygen mask on first so you can better care for those around you.
Finally, know when you need help. Don't wait until you are out of unemployment or severance to panic. Evaluate your progress weekly. If after six weeks you aren't making significant progress, ASK FOR PROFESSIONAL HELP! These are unusual times. No one has been here before.
I wish you the best of luck, hey, you are going to need it (only kidding). Please don't be afraid to reach out.
Hannah Morgan, Career Sherpa
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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.