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How to Survive a Layoff, Job Search & Network Smarter

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Recently, I gave a presentation to STC-Carolina to help job seekers and share my insights on the value of networking. Here are the key takeaways.

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How to Survive a Layoff, Job Search & Network Smarter

  1. 1. { 10 Steps to Survive a Layoff, Job Search, and Network Smarter Lindsay K. Saunders @LindsayKelleyS lindsayksaunders.com/ in/lindsayksaunders
  2. 2. EVOLUTION OF A TPC COMMUNICATOR Technical & Professional Communications, M.A. Before Comms Graduate Studies • Copyediting • Technical Editing & Design • Public Interest & Grant Writing • UX • Document Design • Research Design • Technical Writing • Magazine Intern Comms World @LindsayKelleyS lindsayksaunders.com/ in/lindsayksaunders
  3. 3. 1: So You Get Laid Off…  Before January 3, 2016? Search for work on two separate days with 2 potential employers.  New law regarding work search? Claimants required to contact 5 potential employers during the week, but it doesn’t have to be on separate days. @LindsayKelleyS lindsayksaunders.com/ in/lindsayksaunders
  4. 4. 1. Employer’s name; 2. Job title of position; 3. URL or address of website, e-mail address or facsimile number, telephone number, or location of contact; 4. Date of submission or contact; and 5. Name & job title of person contacted or met or confirmation number or e-mail. 1: Document for Layoff @LindsayKelleyS lindsayksaunders.com/ in/lindsayksaunders
  5. 5.  Do what you have to do. Really.  Well, except illegal stuff, if so that didn’t come from me…  NC unemployment review?  A little background on that.  Freelance? Serving? Contract work? 1: Layoff Ultimate Survival @LindsayKelleyS lindsayksaunders.com/ in/lindsayksaunders
  6. 6.  Loved ones?  Coworkers?  Mentors?  Networking contacts?  Recruiters?  Publicize?  Keep it Quiet? 2: Share News: Job Search! @LindsayKelleyS lindsayksaunders.com/ in/lindsayksaunders
  7. 7. 3: Reflect on Why? @LindsayKelleyS lindsayksaunders.com/ in/lindsayksaunders  Passion  What makes you happy?  Pause  Reason for change?  Purpose  Which jobs are right for you?
  8. 8. 4: Update Online Presence @LindsayKelleyS lindsayksaunders.com/ in/lindsayksaunders Develop Your Own Persona Be consistent
  9. 9. 4: Online Comms: Email & Site @LindsayKelleyS lindsayksaunders.com/ in/lindsayksaunders  Your Email, example: lindsayksaunders@gmail.com is good, but littlexred23@yahoo.com is NOT.  WITH a signature in there.  Have a basic landing page website. My start: http://lindsayksaunders.wixsite.com/communications  Position Yourself as a Thought Leader: http://lindsayksaunders.com/blog/
  10. 10.  Develop insights for your resume  Research companies of interest  Consider jobs you’re interested in  Need more school?  Establish realistic salary expectations 5: Assess the Job Market @LindsayKelleyS lindsayksaunders.com/ in/lindsayksaunders
  11. 11.  Forbes  Liz Ryan, CEO of Human Workplace  LinkedIn Pulse Articles  The Muse  Triangle Biz Journal 5: Assess Based on Insights @LindsayKelleyS lindsayksaunders.com/ in/lindsayksaunders
  12. 12.  Update it  Redesign it  SEO it  Have it reviewed  By MORE than one person… 6: Redesign Your Resume @LindsayKelleyS lindsayksaunders.com/ in/lindsayksaunders
  13. 13.  Pinterest Resume Design & Layouts: https://www.pinterest.com/dioncorreia/resume- design-layouts/  The 41 Best Resume Templates Ever: https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-41-best- resume-templates-ever  Buzzfeed 27 Beautiful Resume Designs: https://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/impeccably- designed- resumes?utm_term=.kr4w3yvDO#.ms61DQao3 6: Resume Links @LindsayKelleyS lindsayksaunders.com/ in/lindsayksaunders
  14. 14. 6: Resume Design Ideas @LindsayKelleyS lindsayksaunders.com/ in/lindsayksaunders
  15. 15.  Application Log  #  Date  Company  Address  Phone Number  Job Title  Job ID  Date Position Closes  Source/Referral  Status  Follow-Up Date  Link 7: Create a Search Spreadsheet @LindsayKelleyS lindsayksaunders.com/ in/lindsayksaunders  Jobs to Apply For  Title  Company  Link  Source  Secondary Link  Requirements
  16. 16.  An Integrated Routine  Productivity  Goals  Schedule  Change in scenery  Balance  Stress?  Benchmarks 8: Make a New Routine @LindsayKelleyS lindsayksaunders.com/ in/lindsayksaunders
  17. 17.  Quality over quantity  Is 10 jobs apps a day a good idea? 9: Productive Results @LindsayKelleyS lindsayksaunders.com/ in/lindsayksaunders
  18. 18.  Let job sites & listservs work for you.  CareerBuilder  Monster  Indeed  LinkedIn  Social Media 9: Productive Results @LindsayKelleyS lindsayksaunders.com/ in/lindsayksaunders
  19. 19.  Be a part of a group  Doesn’t have to be a Networking Group  Volunteer organization – find your cause 10. Networking: Be Active @LindsayKelleyS lindsayksaunders.com/ in/lindsayksaunders
  20. 20.  If you never ask, you…never have a chance.  Play poker: applications, events, and meetings.  You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.  Keep asking until you get a No! 10. Networking: ASK @LindsayKelleyS lindsayksaunders.com/ in/lindsayksaunders
  21. 21.  Having a coffee, grabbing lunch, or getting a drink  Informational Interviews  Feedback phone calls  Build long-term relationships  Follow-up  Connect on social  Check-in  Give them updates  Ensure genuine connections  Be a resource  Listen  Trust your gut 10. Networking: Small-Scale @LindsayKelleyS lindsayksaunders.com/ in/lindsayksaunders
  22. 22.  Uncomfortable? Set a goal.  Mine: Say hello to familiar faces. Introduce myself to 3 new people and learn about them. Then Leave OR Stay for the presentation, if there is one.  There is no magic wand to make it easier. 10. Networking Events @LindsayKelleyS lindsayksaunders.com/ in/lindsayksaunders
  23. 23. 10. Networking @LindsayKelleyS lindsayksaunders.com/ in/lindsayksaunders
  24. 24.  You definitely don’t have to wait until you have the letters “CEO” by your name to be a mentor.  Take initiative to be a leader and share your knowledge. 10. Networking: Mentor @LindsayKelleyS lindsayksaunders.com/ in/lindsayksaunders
  25. 25. What Did I Miss? @LindsayKelleyS lindsayksaunders.com/ in/lindsayksaunders

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