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5 Things to Do When You’ve Lost Your Job

5 Things to Do When You've Lost Your Job

After losing your job, it can be easy to feel lost and confused about what to do next.  It is important to keep your chin up and first understand that there are 5 key things to do and keep in mind when you’ve just lost your job.

1.What do you want to do next?

The first most important step is for you to decide what you want to do next.  Do you want a job similar to the last one you had, or do you want to take this opportunity to expand your horizons and go after that dream job that’s always been in the back of your mind?

Determine what you are willing to do and put a plan together.  If you want to do something different, find out if you have the skills needed or if you will need additional training or education in order to enter into a different field.

2. Give your resume a facelift

Bring out that resume and knock the dust off!  It’s time to give it a facelift and advertise your skills and experience!

If it’s been a while since you entered into the job seeker market, then you need to revamp your resume and make sure that it has some pizzazz.

Be sure to clearly market your resume towards the type of job you desire by highlighting any relatable skills and experience that you have.  Since technology and social media is all the rage, list any experience you have in those areas.

Another way to really capture a hiring manager’s attention is by creating a video resume.  This not only shows the hiring manager that you have basic technical knowledge, but it is also a great way to visually demonstrate your skills and your personality.

3. Be picky

Sometimes, when a person is unemployed, they can begin to feel a dreaded desperation slowly creeping up on them.  When this happens, quite often, you will feel the urge to start applying to anything and everything that you see.

DO NOT FALL INTO THIS TRAP!

It is important that you stay true to your plan and apply to only the jobs that you feel are a good fit for your skills and your goals.

4. Interviewing – stay ahead of the game

Before you are ever scheduled for an interview, practice your interviewing skills.  Stay on top of things and think about the types of questions a hiring manager or recruiter might ask you about your experience and interest in the positions you are applying for.

By doing this, not only are you staying ahead of the game when it comes to face-to-face interviews, but you are also better preparing yourself for any unexpected initial phone calls you may receive from a recruiter or hiring manager.

You should also keep in mind that video interviewing is growing in popularity with hiring managers and staffing professionals. Therefore, it’s important to research best practices for this type of interview because you just may be invited to participate in one or two during your job search.

5. Consider Freelance

If you are becoming discouraged after several interviews and no offer letter, think outside of the box.  Perhaps freelancing is the answer for you.  If you have skills that are marketable on their own, think about your contacts and how you can offer a service on a contract basis.

If anything, freelance work can help you to bring in a few extra dollars while you are still searching for that perfect job opportunity.

What are some other things you have done when unemployed?

Julia Weeks

Julia is a skilled Recruiter with over 8 years of experience in sourcing, interviewing, and hiring within many industries globally. She works closely with hiring managers and job seekers to understand needs and desires, while offering guidance and ensuring the right fit. When not recruiting or writing, Julia enjoys spending time outside cycling, taking her dog for walks, or honing her sailing skills.