Most people think they are too important in their places of work to be laid off. They believe they need to commit some unpardonable crimes before they can be fired. This may be true, but it is not always the case. The truth remains that anyone can be fired at any time.
There are several reasons you can get laid off your job without hesitation, and it can be quite devastating when you first hear those words that say it is over. If you ever get laid off from your job, there are things you must know which follow being sacked from your job. You must get backup and get back into the job search struggle so that you can get back to working again.
Get Going Straight Away
Stand up from the fall. If you stay down, you might never recover from the blow. It may take a while for a full recovery to take place, but you must make every effort to recover as fast as possible. It is okay to ask yourself questions about why and how it happened, but never allow days of unemployment to turn into months and probably years.
Anyone can get fired, so do what you must do to get back up on your feet. Talk to a close friend about losing your job. Look for means of letting the hurt go. Get yourself motivated and work on your self-esteem. Partake in regular exercises, find time to hang out with friends, and get motivated. Moving forward is hard without positivity.
The moment you feel you have recovered, sit down and think about the best moves to make next. This is the best time to re-evaluate your goals. Were you on the track that would have eventually landed you to your dream position or do you need to make a complete new start? Get the old job out of your mind and decide what you really want to make out of your career in the near future.
Begin the job search with all the seriousness it deserves. The moment you have a clear idea of what you want, get fully committed to the job search. You might be a bit rusty with job search techniques depending on how long you were busy with your former job. Begin by alerting all your network contacts about your job search. Look for new connections that can be instrumental to your success on the new job search.
Update Your Resume
Update your resume while working on your contacts. You equally need to update your social media profiles, and any other thing that helps to build your brand. It is not important that you mention you have just lost your job, but ensure that all your experiences and skills are updated.
Start submitting job applications. You will have to apply for new jobs the old- fashioned way unless one of your contacts within your network helps you get a job without delay. You are going to need lots of resumes and cover letters for different job openings.
If the company you are applying to makes use of the fill-in-the-blank application process, there may be a space for reasons why you left your last job position. If you are ever faced with this situation, you don’t have to tell a lie. You can say things like “the job ended.”
You shouldn’t let them know you were laid off till they have started considering you for the new job with seriousness.
Discussing it in the Interview
This is the tricky part. All job interviews require that you explain yourself in detailed terms. Potential employers will definitely want to know why you left your former job. You don’t have to give them details of why you were sacked, but be as honest and brief as possible and switch the discussion to what the experience has taught you.
Note: It is a very wrong move to talk bad about your former employers, colleagues, or the very person that fired you. When you talk negatively about your former company, you are simply telling the interviewer that you will talk about the company you are applying toin such terms if laid off. Keep the discussion on a positive note.
At the present, it may be a little bit difficult to land your next job. You must try and remain positive throughout the recovery process. Never let your search for a new job become the only thing your life isabout. You can find some other relevant activities to get involved in which might be beneficial to your life and career. A good example is volunteering in your spare time.
Becoming a volunteer can help you fine-tune some of your not too efficient skills, give you more information for your resume, and help your mental capacity. You can equally try your hand atentrepreneurship and freelancing as a way of coming back. On a final note, if your job loss has put you on a financial tightrope, you may consider getting apart-time job. Divide your week into two halves. Use one to do your part-time job and the other half to search for your ideal job.
Invariably, losing your job can be a terrible blow, but it is not enough to bring your life to a standstill. If you give yourself time to get over the shock, you can become a better person after the rude experience.
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