Laid off?

Laid off?

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Attend network support groups — www.careerdfw.com — lists all kinds of groups that you can attend at churches and other places.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
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