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Top 5 Things to Do
Whether you were fired or laid off due to downsizing, a job loss is never easy. But there are many things you can do in the first 30 days to help you get through it successfully. Here are five suggestions to help you start down the right career path:
1. Take a deep breath.
Before you think about what you need to do, take a moment to let the experience soak in. Examine what went wrong and resolve to move forward and find a better work environment. Feel the emotions fully, so you can let them go and be at the top of your game when it’s time to start interviewing.
2. Assess your skills and passions.
Write down your accomplishments and what you enjoyed most about your past jobs. Maybe it’s time for a change! What would your ideal situation be? Is there a career you haven’t considered that might be a better match with your skills and passions? Take a skills assessment test, hire a career coach or read a book on finding the right career fit.
3. Update your résumé.
Update your résumé with your most recent job experience. Develop customized résumés for each type of position you’re considering, and develop cover letters that focus on your specific skills and why you’re passionate about the company and that particular position.
4. Build your network.
Your personal and professional networks are important keys to finding a new job. When you have an idea of what positions interest you, tell everyone you know about the type of job you’re considering. Start with your inner circle and build out. You never know who has the connection you need.
5. Stay positive.
Just because you’re out of work doesn’t mean you’re never going to find another job. Stay positive about your job search no matter what happens. This attitude and confidence will shine through in your application and your interview, making you an even more attractive candidate.