Laid Off? Jump Back in and Find a Job Today

Did you recently receive a job layoff notice? If so, do you want to stay at home and collect unemployment for a while or jump right back into the game and find a new job? If you want to find a job and quick, please continue reading on for some helpful advice.

Deal with your emotions right away. Receiving a layoff notice at work isn’t just having a bad day. To some, it feels like the end of the world. You will go through many emotions. Most start with anger, then fear, and occasionally depression. It is normal to be upset, sad, and fearful. The key is to deal with these emotions as soon as possible. The quicker you overcome them, the quicker you can move on and find a new job.

Make it known you are willing to return to work and even with a reasonable pay cut. Not all layoffs are permanent. Many companies use them as a temporary way to cut costs. The economy will bounce back. Instead of hiring new untrained workers, many just call back those laid off. If you were employed by a small business owner or were close with your supervisor, ensure they know you are willing to return to work. If willing to take a reasonable pay cut, like $1 or $2 an hour, state so. In fact, your willingness to take a pay cut could save you from a job layoff.

Brush up on your resume. Since your employment status changed, you need to update your resume. Not only that, make necessary changes. Edit the format to make it more readable and so forth. If you do not have a resume, hire a professional resume writer or perform an internet search to find free resume templates. Copy and paste a resume template into Microsoft Works or Word, then add in your information. Your previous job as a retail store cashier may have only required an application, not a resume. Still, have one for your job search.

Review your resume once written, printed, and proofread. The goal is to look at where you stand. What do you bring to the table? If you do not have a lot to offer, consider job training classes or even going back to college. If you get unemployment benefits, you should have the financial freedom to do so. If you want to find a job in today’s poor economy, you need to make yourself a valuable asset. This includes having updated training and on-the-job experience.

Don’t set high standards, but rather realistic ones. If your job in construction paid $650 each week, it is only natural to want that paycheck again. However, think reasonable. What attributed to your $650 a week paycheck? Were you a 10-year employee who received a raise each year? Did someone you know hire you? Not all companies pay the same. In fact, some are taking advantage of the poor job market. They know Americans need jobs and are willing to work for less. Yes, a $650 weekly paycheck like before is nice, but you may have to start from the bottom again and work your way up.

Don’t panic or get upset if it takes a while to find a job. You wanted to be back to work in one month. This is good, you have a positive outlook on life. Unfortunately, some laid off workers are still looking for work more than one year after getting their layoff notice. Can the same thing happen to you? Sure. Luckily, there are steps you can take to reduce the chances. As previously stated, have realistic expectations, take part-time work if your unemployment benefits are running out, and don’t give up hope. Yes, it may take six, seven, or even eight months before you find a new job, but that time will come.

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