Picking Up the Pieces After a Job Loss

Losing your job is obviously a very traumatic event. And yet, in the present economy, even though it is gaining momentum, no job is really absolutely safe. So, if you find yourself part of a layoff, how should you go about getting back on your feet again?

1. First, stay calm, and take a little time to regain your composure.

Often, after losing a job, people are still in a panic mode and rush off to send out resumes and look for job openings. Avoid this. You are better off taking a little time to regain your balance, to consider what course of action you intend to take, to strategize a little.

2. Look at this event as a new beginning.

You may, perhaps, decide to pursue something a little different than what you have been doing, another type of job or maybe even going back to school. You need to take the time to do some research, to see what’s out their, to assess your own feelings.

3. Work on updating your resume.

Again, rushing to simply send out batches of resumes really won’t do much good. First, you need to get your resume up to date if you have not already done so. You need to match your resume to the particular job you are applying for. That means research each of the companies you are applying to.

4. Network

Get in touch with former coworkers, friends, other people in your professional field whom you know, and talk to them about your situation and let them know you are looking for work.

You also want to work on expanding your network. You can do this by getting involved with social media, by volunteering, and by contacting people in your profession.

5. Conduct your search methodically.

Take some time to plan how you are going to go about your job search. Set some goals. Use your network. Avoid a haphazard, scattershot approach.

6. Talk with a professional career counselor.

He or she may be able to give you advice and information that may help your job search.

7. Keep a positive attitude.

Job hunting is tough. You will have to deal with rejection repeatedly. It’s easy in this situation to lose your self-confidence and become disillusioned. To be successful you need to maintain a positive attitude. Make sure you eat a healthy diet, get enough sleep and exercise. These will all help you stay positive.

If you are looking for temporary, temporary-to-hire or direct-hire work in the Anchorage area, contact the Opti Staffing Group, one of the best staffing agencies in Alaska. We would love to discuss how we can help you find the job you are looking for.

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