With the number of layoffs across the country continuing to grow, it’s important to know you’re not alone! A layoff can be stressful and even scary, but there are still plenty of open jobs available. Let’s take a look at what you can do to turn the negative into a positive and land your next position!
Reflect on Your Old Job
Before diving into a full-scale job hunt after your layoff, take some time out for reflection.
Your previous job probably had some aspects that you really enjoyed. But there were likely a few things that drove you nuts. What did you truly love about the position? What would you be happy to never do again? Which types of work were your favorite? What new skills did you gain in that role? The answers to these questions can help ensure that your next job is an even better fit.
Here’s some job hunting techniques that can help in your job search.
Refresh Your Materials
Now is the time to revisit your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, online portfolio and any other job-hunting materials. No doubt you have learned and grown since the last time you searched for a job. Be sure to update not only the details of your previous role, but also your skills. And don’t forget about your personal brand! All of your materials should work together to tell the story of who you are and why you are uniquely qualified, even though you experienced a layoff.
Talk to Your Network
Your network can be invaluable in helping you learn about new opportunities. Don’t make a hard sales pitch, but start letting people know that you are in the market for a new position. You never know who might have a connection, so talk to not only your professional circle, but also your friends, family, and even neighbors.
Contact a Staffing Agency
A staffing agency can be a huge help when you’ve been laid off. Your recruiter has an extensive list of companies that are actively hiring for new roles. They know how to play matchmaker, fitting the right candidate with the right position. And they can help you with everything from updating your resume to brushing up on your interview skills. If you need to keep money flowing right away, you may even be able to pick up a temporary contract to tide you over while you’re looking for a permanent role.
Ready for a new job?
If you’re ready for your next role, start searching for a new job with SURESTAFF today! We can help you find a light industrial position in Illinois, Indiana, or Wisconsin. Click to find your next job.