By Tony Morrison
Getting laid off stinks. A lot. It stinks for the company, it stinks for the management, and it especially stinks for the employees.
In today's economy, many Americans are dealing with the consequences of layoffs each and every day. Today, it's not uncommon for one person to be the victim of a layoff multiple times in their career.
We all know what happens when someone is laid off, but what happens after? Just like a nasty storm, here are four steps to R-I-D-E out the storm:
Getting laid off is an incredibly jarring experience. You might be feeling angry, sad, confused, or some combination of those three. It's completely normal. Many recently laid off folks think that ripping their supervisors a new one is the best plan of action.
Instead, take some time for yourself to reflect on your employment there, relationships with colleagues, and accomplishments. Forget about anything negative and leave it behind you.
In the next few days, decompress, and just relax. Ever wonder what it's like to go to a cinema for a matinee on Thursday morning? Now's your chance.
Once you've calmed down, it's time to get organized for your job search. Take a personal inventory. Collect your thoughts, inventory your past work and skills, review and organize your personal network(s), and figure out what you have and what you will need for this new chapter of your career. Determine if you want to continue following this career path, try something new, or if you want to go back to school. Consider your financial situation to see what you need now and what you need to carry you to the next stage of your career.
Develop a plan for your job search. Blindly sending your resume to tons of employers can be dangerous and unproductive. Research the companies that interest you and tap your personal and professional networks to connect with people at your target companies. Update your resume, your cover letters, and your social media profiles (especially on career networking sites).
You've thought about where you have been and where you want to go. You know what skills and experience you have and need to pursue your dream job. And, you have mapped out a plan to earn a job at a great company that interests you. Now, it's time to execute that plan.
The common passive approach of posting your resume on some big job board, or spraying your resume out to every remotely interesting job, and hoping you will be noticed does not work. Rather, follow your target companies and participate in discussions with thought leaders on professional forums, meet business and thought leaders online and at industry events, and stay up-to-date with trends and technology in your field.
What do you think? What other steps should recently laid off folks take immediately after leaving their jobs? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Tony Morrison is the Vice President at Cachinko, a unique professional community where social networking and job opportunities come together. His roles include sales, marketing, and business development. He is passionate about building B2B and B2C client relationships and brings this passion to Cachinko where he focuses on helping job seekers to find their ideal job and employers to find, attract, and engage their next rock star candidates. Find him on Twitter and/or connect with Cachinko on Facebook or Twitter.
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