The Success Reporter at The Citizen compiled a list of the first 10 things you should do after losing your job. It’s hard to get geared up for a job search after getting kicked in the gut, no doubt. But this article contains some practical advice and we throw in two bonus tips for good measure.
- Assess your finances: Figure out what kind of shape you’re in. Think like a startup by figuring out your “burn rate” and determine what expenses you can shed and whether or not you need to jump on a part time job pronto.
- Update your resume: Think in terms of keywords that will be picked up by talent management software systems.
- Network: This is still the number one channel for new job opportunities.
- Relax: Take a step back and look at the big picture. The average person changes careers seven times in their lifetime. Maybe it’s your turn.
- Keep in touch with coworkers: Referrals are powerful and recommendations are solid gold.
- Get healthy: Look better and feel better for that interview. You’ve got some time on your hands so that excuse is out the window.
- Do volunteer work: This can help build new skills and keep those unseemly gaps off of your resume.
- Re-open that family farm or business: This one’s not an option for most people but if you have the means…
- Apply for employment benefits: Hopefully you don’t need a blog to remind you of this.
- Stay positive: Easier said than done, but nobody wants to hire Eyore.
You can read the entire article on The Citizen website.
Bonus Job Search Tips:
As promised here are two bonus tips: