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How to Handle the Aftermath of an Unexpected Layoff

Layoff, Job Hunting

So you thought it would never happen to you but here you are reading this blog. Either this is your current situation or you're just curious. I don’t blame you! One of the “worst case scenarios” is now your reality. Panic, anxiety, sadness, and fear are just a few emotions that could set in. 

But we are here to tell you, you are not the first, nor are you the last. This unexpected event happens to Americans every year and we want to help you navigate the aftermath. 

Ahead, are 3 steps that will help you with a build a game plan:

1. It’s Resume Time

Time to bring the old dusty resume out… Maybe you updated it last year. Whatever the case, maybe this is an opportunity to share what you learned in your last position. What skills did you develop? What projects did you work on? Did you have an opportunity to lead an initiative? This is your moment to shine… Don’t let it pass you by!

2. Reach out to your network!

Have you ever heard the saying, “Your network is your net worth?” 
Now is the time to tap into your current network and take steps to expand it. One of the best tools is to use is LinkedIn! You can reach out to recruiters and hiring managers who may be hiring for your skillset. You can see what jobs are on the market to plan your next move!

Another way to expand your network is to look into local meetups or networking events that are within your industry. This is a great way to meet the right people who can connect you to the people you need to know. The possibilities are endless when you put yourself out there. Remember, “Your network is your net worth.” Network with quality people who can help you find your next opportunity.

3. Brush up on your skills.

Though losing a job is never a good thing, it can be an eye-opening experience to focus on what you want in your next career endeavor, and the skills needed to get there. Is there something you have always wanted to learn that will give you an upper hand on your next job? Maybe, it's a management technique, learning a new software, brushing up on skills that haven't been used in a while. Remember, perspective is always your friend, so take time to think about what you want and what you need to attain that. If brushing up on new or old skills, research online courses to shorten the learning curve.

To recap, losing a job is never an ideal situation to be in. It can be stressful to say the least. However, not all is lost! Updating your resume, reaching out to your network and brushing up on skills are some next steps to get you back in the workplace! 

-Rita