No one wants to experience a layoff, but recent layoff announcements from well-known companies have sparked concern among workers who are unsure whether their jobs are also in jeopardy or not. If you were recently laid off or know someone who has, it can be a confidence killer, but it doesn’t have to be.
Here are three proactive steps to keep your career on track and remain diligent for the next opportunity.
Reflect and Move Forward From Your Layoff
You may be experiencing an emotional rollercoaster as a result of being laid off. Whatever your emotions are, it’s critical that you take some time to process them and reflect on your layoff and how you intend to proceed. Keep a journal to record your observations. Discuss your layoff with your support system and see if they have any thoughts or can share any advice. After processing those emotions, engage in self-care activities such as exercising, going to therapy, or taking a complete break from thinking about work before beginning your job search. You’ll gain some mental clarity and be ready to start applying for jobs and interviewing for your next opportunity.
Take the Time to Revamp Your Portfolio
Before you begin your job search, you should update your portfolio and resume so that recruiters and hiring managers will notice you. Take advantage of this opportunity to find your best work to showcase. Choose something on your resume that can be paired with a metric. Having the right metrics on your resume can help recruiters and hiring managers better understand the type of candidate you are and how you will fit the needs of their company. Keep in mind that your resume should always tell a story.
Let Your Professional Network Work for You
If you haven’t been making the most of your professional network, now is the time to start. Contact your former employer. Request documentation stating you were laid off and not fired for cause or performance. Contact former co-workers or your boss to see if they are willing to be added to your list of references. Take the time to broaden your LinkedIn network as well. Include people you already know and those who work in the industry or for the company you want to work for. Consider asking individuals in your LinkedIn network to leave a positive recommendation on your profile.
Layoffs can be scary, but with these tips, you can make it through the tough times.
Have you experienced a layoff? What other advice would you give to someone dealing with a layoff? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!