“The Laid Off Professional’s Survivor Guide”
Ok, so this video speaks more to the Red-Tape of Corporate America, but when you have been laid off, you have to admit this is how you feel… Am I right? Now that you understand that I feel your pain, I want to direct you on the way to remedy it. Read on.
Breathe…. For many this might be your first time being laid off. You will question your skills, your experience, and career choices you have made. This is all natural. Just breathe, take yourself to the movies, go to the gym/spa, and get yourself grounded again. It will come, don’t fight it. Peace of mind will come to you. Embrace where you are and don’t look back asking what if. There is no “What if”, there is only “What happens next”
Here we go.
Make a Plan. You are going to need think about:
Career to transition,
Methods to Network,
Selection of Recruiters,
When one is laid off, they tend to think “Maybe this industry isn’t for me anymore”. Or maybe the industry you were in is going through a downturn and other field’s desire professionals with your skill set. Nothing should be off the table when deciding this step.
Methods to Network:
Email old friends out of nowhere telling them you are laid off, is not the way to go. Try to just reach out to “Say Hi” and reestablish contact with old coworkers.
LinkedIn is an excellent source to find where old co workers might have moved on to as well as reconnect with them.
The PHONE…… Yes, call them, it doesn’t have to be to set up lunch or drinks… Just say hi and shoot the breeze for 4 minutes.
The point here is to reconnect.
You need to decide on 3-5 solid references of people you worked with that will speak well of your professional contributions. Remember if you list them, you MUST speak to them before hand and ask what they will disclose about your background. A reference that even hints to something somewhat cloudy will be a job killer without knowing it.
Chances are that you haven’t updated your resume in a while. Write it ASAP. It is important that this be implemented within 24 hours of being laid off. Time is the enemy. Be prepared in case that perfect offer is out there. The Job will not wait for you to “get around to updating it”.
Selection of Recruiters,
The basic rule here is “No more than three recruiters in a given arena”. 3 that work strictly financial and 3 that work healthcare would be acceptable.
The Process. Your resume is complete. You have reached out to your Professional Network. You have selected Recruiters to work with and have spoken to them about your background and desires. Now is the time to make a list and always keep it up to date (you should have a listing like below filled out for every position you are submitted for. This is your reference.)
Name of Recruiter or Professional Network Contact:
Firm Submitted to:
When to expect status from Recruiter or Professional Network Contact,
Basic Job Description:
Why you are right for position:
What you find appealing about position:
The plan has been architected, tweaked, and implemented. You have the tools and direction needed to reach your goal.
Work your Plan.
Every day (Saturday’s & Sunday’s as well) you need to work a total of no more than 3 hours toward your plan. ( Burn out leads to frustration)
Reaching out to Recruiters,
Looking on the Job Boards for opportunities,
Refining your resume to be more digestible,
Reaching out to your network (Phone Calls, Emails, LinkedIn Invites)
Eventually you will see the fruits of your efforts. There will be moments when you question it, but if you stay committed you will find your future role.
Note from Tracey;
Believe it or not, right now is a great time in the job market. Many of my shops are starting the hiring process early this year. The first 2 months of Q1 2013 have already exceeded all of Q1 2012’s total job placements. Now is not a time to be worried all of the indicators are in your favor. Take advantage of the market momentum.
As always I am here if you need me!
Thank you for your Time and Efforts,
Director of Executive Management & Technology Divisions