5 Things to Do After Losing Your Job
Losing a job can be one of the most stressful, nerve-racking things you’ll ever experience. Along with worry and angst, you’ll likely also struggle with feelings like anger, hurt, grief, and fear, which can virtually paralyze you from moving forward.
Instead of letting these feelings control you and hijack your sense of purpose and self-esteem, you can maintain a positive outlook and take control of the situation. With these five tips, you could quickly rebound from job loss and take your job search to the next level.
1. Spruce Up Your Social Media Profiles
One of the first things you should do after losing a job is to update, fine-tune, or create new social media profiles. If you haven’t already, create a personal, professional email account with an email address that includes your first and last name, and notify everyone in your contacts of the change.
Go through your existing social media profiles like Facebook and Instagram and do some housekeeping: delete old or inappropriate photos and posts, update your personal information, and upload a professional-looking profile picture. Make sure your LinkedIn and Twitter profiles are in tip-top shape and consider building a personal webpage that includes a bio with up-to-date contact information, your resume, and a link to any examples of your work (if applicable).
Always assume that prospective employers will look at your social media profiles!
2. Revamp Your Resume
A dull, drab resume won’t get you far in the world of job searching. Be sure your resume is attractive1 and highlights some of your most recent achievements, such as notable tasks you’ve mastered, results you’ve garnered, or milestones you’ve reached. Try to back up these achievements with numerical data, and make sure you’ve accurately (and honestly) portrayed your experience. Once you’re sure your resume has all the right information, scan it carefully for typos and proper grammar, and eliminate any excess fluff.
Your resume should be a single page. It needs to be clear and easy for a recruiter to instantly see your most valuable qualifications at a glance.
3. Brighten Up Your Business Cards
Even in today’s digital world, business cards are still critical, especially when it comes to making connections and finding a new job. Check out online companies like Vistaprint or stop by your local print shop to browse sharp, stand-out business cards that reflect who you are as a professional.
Instead of listing a home address or landline on your business card like people used to do, consider including things like your website address, mobile phone, email, LinkedIn address, Twitter handle, etc. This will give people the opportunity to further investigate who you are, what you do, and what you can contribute to their company.
4. Grow Your Network
When it comes to finding a new job and discovering new opportunities, nothing is better than networking. Along with reaching out to people in your network and notifying them that you’re in the market for a new job, you should also seek out networking events and meetings to make new connections and grow your network.
Remember, the more connections you make, the more doors you’ll open and the quicker you’ll find a new job.
5. Stay Active
Finally, it’s imperative to stay both physically and mentally active during the job-searching process. It’s easy to become stagnant and complacent after losing a job, but by being aware of this pitfall and doing all you can to keep moving forward, you’ll keep your spirits high, your mind sharp, and your body happy.
Along with healthy eating and exercise, consider attending a seminar or taking an online class to learn new, marketable skills. Get a part-time job in the field of your expertise or in a new field where you’re interested in expanding your skills. Declutter and organize your life. Find a new hobby.
Armed with these tips, you’ll be able to navigate job loss like a pro and find a new job that you love in no time.
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