If you’ve ever been laid off or you are facing that challenge now, you know that it feels like to have your world is crashing down around you. It’s easy to give in to sadness and anxiety, but, being laid off isn't forever and your career journey WILL continue!
To help you cope during this uncertain time, check out the top five mistakes to avoid after a layoff.
Unfortunately, layoffs are a part of life and they are out of your control. Although it feels personal and you may be angry or upset try not to take it to heart because it’s nothing that you did wrong. Avoid talking or thinking negatively about yourself, especially if an acquaintance or family member asks what you’re doing career-wise or how your job is going. Instead, make sure you have an update about your recent layoff and the potential next steps you want to take. Here is an example:
"Due to the struggling economy, my company let go of a handful of employees, including myself. I am currently exploring opportunities that will allow me to take advantage of my skills as a (insert job title/skills) along with my (list an accomplishment that highlights those skills)!”
Instead of diving right back into the world of job searching, use this time to rethink your desired career path! List out all of your past accomplishments and highlight the ones that matter the most to you. Pay attention to the tasks and responsibilities you enjoyed and those you did not. You may even find that you’ll be much happier in a slightly different role!
You will also have a much easier time navigating the unemployment world if you have a solid plan and goals. Decide which jobs are right for you and how you will get there!
Tapping into your connections (and your connection’s connections!) is an awesome way to accelerate your #jobsearch. Studies show that referred applicants are 15x more likely to be hired than someone who simply applies without a referral. So be sure to reach out to those you know professionally and don’t be afraid to share your story and ask for their help with the next steps.
No, we are not suggesting that you steal all of the office supplies from the break room, but you should make sure that you have the contact information of coworkers and supervisors that could be beneficial in the future! You will also want to take any work samples that will be beneficial to your portfolio, your personal belongings as well as things from your locker or desk. Make sure to reach out to those at your job that you want to act as a reference moving forward. Connect with them before you head out and grab their contact info!
We all tend to be a bit drawn to drama as a society, but at the end of the day, no one wants to associate with that individual who complains all the time. If you bad mouth your past employer or the company it will most certainly come back to haunt you. Your Facebook or Instagram may be set to private, but once shared online it is there forever and it has a way of making its way out into the world. Just keep your posts light and positive. Ranting and raving might make you feel better, but avoid a public forum and save it for late-night calls with your closest friends.