By Holly Lancaster, Director of Recruiting
Losing your job can be a difficult and stressful experience. Whether you were laid off due to budget cuts, a company restructuring, or even a performance issue, think of it as an opportunity to reassess your career goals, build new skills, and find a new job that might be an even better fit for you in the long term.
Here are some steps you can take to get back into the job market after being laid off:
- Take some time to reflect: Losing your job can be an emotional experience, and it’s important to give yourself some time to process your feelings, reflect on your career goals and what you want in your next job. Make a list of everything you enjoyed about your previous job, and anything you want to avoid in your next one.
- Update your resume and online presence: Now is a good time to update your resume and LinkedIn profile. Be sure to highlight your skills and accomplishments, and tailor your resume to each job you apply for. Ask former colleagues or supervisors for recommendations and endorsements on LinkedIn.
- Make use of your network: Networking is one of the most effective ways to find a new job. Reach out to former colleagues and supervisors, attend industry events and conferences, and join professional organizations. Connect with your alumni association. Let people know that you’re looking for a new job, and ask for referrals or introductions.
- Apply for jobs: Start applying for jobs that are a good fit for your skills and experience. Be sure to customize your cover letter and resume for each job, using the keywords in the job description, and follow up with the hiring manager to express your interest. Check out KMA’s job listings regularly – we are adding new positions for our clients every week. Browse our job openings
- Consider freelance or contract work to tide you over: Freelancing or taking on contract work can be a good way to build your skills and earn income while you look for a new job. Consider taking on short-term projects in your industry or even volunteering to build on your skills and experience.
- Upskill: Take advantage of the time in between jobs to build new skills or deepen your expertise in your field. Research online courses you could take, attend workshops or seminars, or pursue a certification that could qualify you for a more senior level position than you previously held.
- Make finding a job your full-time job: Finding a new job can take time. Be patient with the process, but also make sure you’re putting in the effort full-time. The more you put into your search, tailoring your resume and communications, working your connections, researching and pursing companies that are growing, the more likely you’ll land interviews – and ultimately an offer. Keep at it and try not to get discouraged if it takes longer than you may have expected.
By following these recommendations, you might just find a new job that will be an even better fit for you and your career goals.