If layoffs have impacted you, follow these six steps to find employment faster.
It's essential now to take care of yourself and your mental health. It is a difficult situation, and taking the time to grieve or process what has happened is normal. Once you're ready, there are a few steps you can take to help yourself find new employment.
Update your resume. It needs to be well-written with a clean structure and relevant to the role you are applying to. The accomplishments section will add the most value to your application. You can use the CARL(Context, Action, Result, Learning) or STAR(T)(Situation, Task, Action, Result + Takeaways/Learnings) methods.
Update your LinkedIn profile. Update your profile picture, and have a clear summary outlining what you have done, your impact, and what you are looking for next. You can copy most of the content from your resume.
Reach out to your network. Former colleagues and friends are a great place to start. But don't forget to contact the recruiters you have been in touch with from your last job hunt.
Upskill and use the extra time wisely. It will make your profile more attractive and give you more talking points during a potential interview.
Consider temporary or contract work. It might help you bridge the time until you find a full-time position.
Engage a specialist career coach, like Careersy Coaching. We at Careersy can assist you with your job search and provide expert support regarding your resume, interview skills and how you can stand out from the crowd.
Finally, be persistent and don't get discouraged. It can take time to find a new job, especially in a difficult job market. Keep applying for jobs and networking, and try to stay positive.
Remember that there are resources available to help you during this difficult time. You may be eligible for unemployment benefits, and many organizations offer career coaching and support.