Losing your job for whatever reason can be extremely stressful and scary. It’s definitely harder to look for a job during a difficult situation but we’re here to help. We’ve compiled this list of simple tips to get you started and ensure that your job search is both proactive and successful.
Talk it out. The loss of a job is emotional. It’s best to talk out your feelings with a trusted friend or even a counselor before you start interviewing for other positions. Interviewers look for positive, outgoing candidates. Any signs of resentment or antagonism towards your last employer will raise a red flag and could prevent you from receiving the job offer.
Get all of your ducks in a row. Be prepared to answer the question, “Why did you leave your last job?” Remember to be positive and brief—less is more. Answer the question very objectively without showing signs of bitterness or resentment.
Refine your resume. Make sure your resume is up to date and perfectly reflects your strengths and accomplishments. Try to create different versions of your resume that cater to each position specifically.
Ask to be recommended. Secure positive recommendations from past coworkers, managers, etc. to counteract any negative inferences about your termination. Have this list of recommenders handy when you submit your resume so employers can see how you work with others.
Network. Now’s a great time to polish your personal brand and make sure that your online presence is prominent and positive. LinkedIn has proven to be a great tool to build your network and showcase your work. Bonus points for getting some written recommendations on your profile!
Make job searching a priority. Devote time each and every day to be proactive about your job search. Treat your job search like a full time job. Make it a point to allot 4-5 productive hours a day for your search.
Follow up. Essentially you are competing with other candidates for the position in which you are applying. Set yourself apart from the rest. Make sure to send thoughtful thank you notes to each person you interview with. Check in a week or so after your interview to assert your interest in the position without being pushy. Display your enthusiasm for the role and highlight one or two of your applicable skills if appropriate.
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