We know how terrible it must be for your boss to summon you, and before lunch, you already got the pink slip. One moment, it seemed like everything was going on just fine, and the other, you are where you are – without a job to call your own.
At first, it all looks surreal. How can everything go from 0 to 100 in a matter of minutes? Then, the realization sets in, and you start to get hung up on the thought.
Getting laid off from work is usually a tough time in the life of any professional. However, how you handle this period shows how true a professional you are, and goes a long way in determining how you will fare afterward.
To better help you move forward with your life and career, here are some actionable tips for you.
1 Know the Why
It is already a fact that your services are no longer needed for the job, but you don’t know why yet. Before you pack up your things and leave, speak to the management and find out what their reasons were. You will want to jot these down, as they will help shape you better for the future.
If you must learn the reasons, you should be ready to keep an open mind. Attacking every point management throws at you is not the answer. Listen, and take necessary notes. As a bonus, if there’s a chance that you can get a recommendation letter, that would be great.
2 Consider Your Options
Depending on the details of your employment, it is possible your employer gives you options to look at. These could range from severance packages to other benefits.
Explore all of the choices you have before you and make the best one to keep you on your feet for a while. Should you feel less capable of dealing with this, you’ll find employment lawyers that will be willing to take on the load and get you the best deal.
3 Let Family and Friends Know
Once you have cleaned out your desk and gone through the motions with your former employer, it’s time to let the family and friends know your status.
It is always tempting to hide from them till you get a new job. What you don’t know is that they might just be the ones to see your next offer-turned-job first. If not, you’ll still need all the moral support you can get.
4 Update Your Resume
You have probably been at this last job for a while. During that time, the labor market has changed, so don’t hope to get another job with the same resume you used years ago.
If you haven’t been keeping in touch with happenings in the labor market, you might want to get an expert not only to update but optimize, your resume for you.
If you have an online presence too (primarily LinkedIn), don’t forget to revisit your profile and make some changes. Odds are you have some more experience to make your resume spicier.
Here are some resources to set you on the right track with your resume and job search:
- 8 Ways to make your resume stand out to the hiring manager
- Tips to help you stand out from the crowd in your job search
- 5 Signs you need to update your resume
Reach out to your former colleagues and thank them for the work experience. Dust off your call directory and reach out to those that can help too. Attend job fairs, seminars, and professional outings.
Don’t just attend, but make sure you network too. Ensure you are always presentable and have an elevator pitch to make an impression when necessary. Above all, remember always to be the best version of your professional self
The time between losing a job and getting another might differ for different people, but if you play your cards right, that position is coming.
The advantage you have here is that you know what you want better, after having been in the industrial scene for a while. Follow the steps above and prepare adequately for any interviews you will be called up for.
In little time, all you’ll be worrying about is how to beat the traffic to your new and amazing career!