Helping you rise above the others in your career search efforts
You’ve just been laid off or fired. Now what?No matter how you got to this point, you’re here. You are between jobs and needing to findthe right employment soon. But the marketplace has changed since the last time you did this.• What are the new things that you MUST do to be taken seriously?• How many pages is my resume supposed to be now?• Are my skills outdated or are they still beneficial to today’s employers?• What should I do first?While this presentation can’t assure you that you will get your dream job quickly, it can giveyou a roadmap to making sure you haven’t forgotten anything.
Week One: Step One You’ve just been laid off or fired. Now what?Vent. Get mad. Cry. Do whatever it is that you need to do to get through this initial reality.The important thing is that you get this emotion out of your system now before you begin tointerview for your next job. You will severely hurt yourself by going into an interview andletting out all of that emotion in front of your interviewer.
Week One: Step Two You’ve just been laid off or fired. Now what?Assess your career:• Am I doing what makes me happy?• Do I see myself doing this long term?• What do I need to do to better myself?• What skills do I need to add?• What industries could use someone with my skills?• What are others making that do the same as me?
Week One: Step Three You’ve just been laid off or fired. Now what?Add to your personal team:Consider adding an Accountability Partner to your job search methodology.• Tell this person your goals.• Set goals with and report progress to this person.• Allow this person to review and make suggestions to your resume.• Share the experience with this person – the good and the bad.This person should not be your spouse or significant other. It needs to be someone closeenough to you that they truly care about your success, but can also be honest with you whenyou are slacking off.
Week One: Step Four You’ve just been laid off or fired. Now what?File for unemployment.Because it takes some time to start receiving your unemployment benefits, do this early on.If you have specific questions, call 1-877-872-5627.
Week One: Step Five You’ve just been laid off or fired. Now what?Create a budget.Because your income has now been reduced, plan for it. The idea here is to try to reduce asmuch stress as possible. What are those “luxuries” that you can do without? What arecreative ways of cutting back on necessities?
Week One: Step Six You’ve just been laid off or fired. Now what?Order business cards.You never know when you may run into someone who could have a positive impact on yourcareer. Since we typically don’t carry a resume with us at all times, business cards are a greatoption. Be sure to include:• Name• Phone Number• Email Address• Targeted job titles• URL to professional profile (Linked In)There are resources out there where you can get free business cards.
Week One: Step Seven You’ve just been laid off or fired. Now what?Write a resume.Invest some time in this. Lean on your Accountability Partner for advice. Look at otherresumes online and see some of the current trends. You might even consider a resumewriting service or professional recruiter for help.
Week One: Step Eight You’ve just been laid off or fired. Now what?Post your resume online.Start gaining exposure to your resume as soon as possible. Be sure to refresh your resumeweekly to ensure you are found in search results.
Week One: Step Nine You’ve just been laid off or fired. Now what?Networking.There are lots of online options for you:• Linked In• Twitter• Facebook• Groups / Associations / NetworksFace to face networking is important as well. Go out. Meet new people. Practice pitchingyourself to others and speaking about your accomplishments, what you are looking for, andgoals.
Week One: Step Ten You’ve just been laid off or fired. Now what?Take care of yourself.Although this can be a stressful time, try to take care of yourself along the way. Get plenty ofrest. Eat well. Maintain a routine. Take a deep breath from time to time.
Week TwoCongratulations! You are well on your way to finding that next job. But you can’t stop now.It’s time to get tactical now. The steps you will find in the following slides will also be thesteps you will take beyond the Week Two.Be sure to keep your Accountability Partner involved in your activities. Evaluate along theway to see what has been beneficial and what might need to be adjusted.
Week Two: Step OneBrowse job openings.There are thousands of job boards on the web. While you think it might be a good idea to goto all of them and “leave no stone unturned,” keep in mind that all of them will require alogin that you’ll either have to write down or remember.To get the most return for your time, spend most of your time on job boards that “scrape” or“scrub.” That means the boards that go grab job postings off of other boards and post themon their own. Examples would be SimplyHired.com or Indeed.com.
Week Two: Step TwoCreate job alerts or job agents.As you go to various job boards, most will have the capability of creating a stored set of jobsearch criteria that will notify you by email whenever a new job is published that meets yourpre-determined criteria. Take advantage of these, but make sure you set your keywords andcriteria closely to what you are looking for. You do not want to waste your time by telling youof jobs that are not even remotely close to what you need.
Week Two: Step ThreeApply for jobs.Did you think we would ever get here? It’s time to start applying to those job postings thatseem to be a good fit for you. Most will allow you to upload a resume online.I suggest that you customize your resume to each opening that you apply to – use the samekeywords, emphasize the areas that seem to be most important to the employer in their jobdescription, etc. It’s also a good idea to work your network and see if you, or someone youknow, knows someone who works at that company who can put in a good word for you.Track the jobs that you have applied to by keeping a spreadsheet or a running list. Why?When a recruiter or a hiring manager contacts you, you’ll want to quickly be able to recallwhich position this is. It might also be required for your unemployment benefits.
Week Two: Step FourWrite a cover letter.This is sometimes the difference between being considered and being eliminated. Write acover letter that:• Is one page long• Is concise• That tells your story• That directly tells how you are qualified for this specific job
Week Two: Step FiveContinue to identify networking opportunities.This is a very valuable tool. Go to networking events or mixers. Even if you don’t connectwith a potential hiring manager or a good lead on a job, you will be able to practicepresenting yourself and your personal “pitch.”
Week Two: Step SixConnect with a professional.Recruiters and/or headhunters can be a very useful tool. They know who is hiring and theyknow the hiring manager. Most will not charge you a fee, but will get paid by the hiringcompany. It never hurts to ask that question though to make sure.
Week Two: Step SevenResearch before an interview.This isn’t just a suggestion, it’s a requirement. Know about the company, and the hiringmanager if possible, before walking into an interview. Company websites, Linked in profiles,etc. are good places to start. Know what you can bring to their company that will alleviatepain and/or make them more profitable.
Week Two: Step EightDress for success.Plan ahead. This step may not guarantee you getting an offer, but it sure can cause a problemin getting one. There are many online resources that can give you specific tips (for males andfemales). Here are just a few:• Conservative attire is best – this is not your time to make a statement.• Polish those shoes• Make sure everything is pressed• Don’t forget your hair• Piercings and tattoos should be removed/covered• Watch out for cologne or perfume• Put your watch in your pocket when you enter the room so you won’t be tempted to look
Week Two: Step NineAce the interview.Again, plan ahead. Role play the questions that you think you will be asked and how you willrespond. Make eye contact. Smile. Give a firm handshake. Sit up in your chair. This is yourmoment to sell yourself. Don’t be modest or shy now.Many tips can be found online. Use them.
Week Two: Step TenSay thank you.This is another big step that some people see as optional that shouldn’t be. Write a personalthank you note for each person that interviewed you. These should be written and sentwithin 24 hours of the interview.
Interviews are complete. Now what?You have done well in an interview and you receive an offer. Is it okay to negotiate? Yes, infact, it’s almost expected.• Salary• Bonuses• Vacation Time / Personal Days• Vehicles / Cell Phones / Laptops• Relocation AssistanceIt’s been said that if you don’t get it coming in the door, you won’t get it. Have a very clearunderstanding about these things BEFORE you accept the offer.