Just Lost Your Job
Just lost your job but don’t know where to start?
So you just lost your job, or you are on the cusp of losing your job for one reason or another. What are your next steps? First and foremost you need to package and market yourself. Waiting for the phone to ring is a lousy strategy. Besides, how would your next employer know how to get in touch with you or how your skills might be relevant to their open position?
- Update your resume. (See pasts post.)
- Go through all your personal and professional contacts and let them know your availability. Be advised – this is not the time to be prideful or play coy or hard to get. The goal is to discover situations you may be able to plug into. By playing hard to get or coy your recipient may think you don’t really need the work and respond to you accordingly…with nothing!
- Reach out to recruiters directly and let them know what your situation is. Remember they are not your agent. They get paid by the hiring company. So put your pride away and don’t play coy or hard to get with them either. Else it is a promise you will be more than ignored, you will be avoided as being too difficult to work with.
- Much more – but this is a good place to get started. Look for future posts on this topic!
What about Job Boards?
The following are some job boards I have worked with in the past to find candidates for my healthcare niche. There are at least a few listed I would advise you consider plugging into. Examine each one before you do to see if it is a good fit for you. I could write a book on reasons to avoid these boards. Thing is I could write another book on why it is good to plug into them. Long story short, it is better to be connected than otherwise, just be selective.
As indicated earlier. These sites are a help but only a help. Connecting with these sites is only one step and one connection in the process. There are many more things you need to do to get proactive in your job search. For now, this is a great place to start and get you set up with a new foundation. In future posts we will talk about how to build on your foundation.