Layoffs, Dismissed -- What to Do Now?

It happened and there is nothing you can do about it.  One of the worst things that people do when they are let go from a company is complain, sit around, and do nothing!  Hit the ground running!  The moment you, who still have your job, hear news about people being laid off, you should be making every effort to make a smooth transition out of your old job and into your next one!

The best time to look for a job is when you already have one, but for those who don't, they will need to do something that will keep their minds fresh, body trained to wake up on time, and keep connections with others professionally and privately positive.  Just because someone you know had a hard time finding a job, got a divorced, ended up in the hospital or whatever else that happened--doesn't mean that these things and others will happen to you!

So what do you do while you collect pay without a job?

1.  You set goals for yourself to view as many sites as you can online for jobs of interest.  You purchase newspapers of the areas you desire to relocate to, if necessary. You utilize job search tools, headhunters, and employment agencies to assist you.  This workplace blog has some resources listed.

2.  You budget money in ways that reduce your monthly expenses.  In other words, you rid yourself of some of your smaller monthly bills.  You look around your home for items to sell and donate.  When you can give something away, do it, blessings have a way of coming back to you!

3.  You search for ways to make additional money, without paying for some over-hyped service or product--always do your research first before joining any business on or offline.

4.  Don't sleep on snail mail or fax machines.  If you have an address or a fax number, use it!  Send cover letters and resumes.

5.  Follow-up with contacts.

6.  Tell people you know/trust you are in search of a job and supply them with copies of cover letters and resumes.

7.  Depending on how much you are receiving after being let go, you might want to look into some government aid.  You paid into it, so you might as well use it!

8.  Be sure you check emails, voice mails, and all communications on a daily basis.  Time is money and when you don't have much, it can all get away from you!

9.  Don't grovel about the past, share personal details/updates about your life, or do other things that tarnish your reputation with previous bosses and co-workers.  Stick to business, always stick to business!  Remember, people you work with are not your friends!

10.  List personal life goals.  When you do this, you just might be open to career changes.  Do research about a position you might be curious about.  Update your resume and cover letter to reflect the duties required to obtain a certain position.

To your success!

Nicholl McGuire, see other blogs: Laboring to Love an Abusive Mate and Parents, Babies and Children

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