Been laid off recently? Unfortunately I’ve been talking to folks who are still getting laid off from their companies.
Here are some suggestions for you:
- Take a few days to compose yourself. It’s not your fault and don’t take it personally. This is the situation of the state of the economy. I’ve been through a layoff and it’s not fun. Get support from other employees and support each other. If it’s a big company, create a Yahoo Email Group list, LinkedIn, or Facebook group to stay connected and share leads.
- You’ve heard it before — Network, network, network. Tell as many people as you can about your situation. Contact past employees, managers, etc through LinkedIn, Plaxo, or other means. Always keep your information current on Plaxo.
- Update your LinkedIn account and create a new status — example: “Senior Developer looking for new opportunities”. Make sure you keep this current weekly. Join LinkedIn groups that are in your niche to look for openings.
- Open a Twitter account if you don’t already have one. Follow people in your field. Sign up for Tweetmyjobs.com and create a profile.
- Update the resume and send to as many people as you can that might be able to help in your skills area. Get opinions from others on feedback.
- Attend network support groups — www.careerdfw.com — lists all kinds of groups that you can attend at churches and other places.
- Don’t get stuck behind the computer — Attend user support groups for your area — niche user groups, etc to network w/ others that are employed.
- Volunteer and get your mind off things – makes sure you give yourself some time to enjoy rather than stress all the time about not finding a job.