Part 2 of 3
In today’s video, number two of a three-part series, we’re going to talk about what to do if you lose your job. Now, job loss has different interpretations. Some people call it firing. Other people call it, canning. and some people call it being laid off. Whatever you call it, you are let go from your employer.
Losing your job, as I alluded to in my first video, is incredibly stressful, very emotional, and not too many people enjoy that event in their life. They don’t want to go through it very often, but sadly many people have gone through it more than once, twice, three, or even up to nine or 10 times. How sad is that? It’s a business decision. So now you need to move on. So, you need to start thinking about the future. Every one of you watching this video has a bright future.
You might not think so right now, but there is a job for everybody in good and in bad times. So think about the future. Maybe hire a career coach or talk it over with your peers. Talk it over with your acquaintances. They are more than happy to help you because many of them have probably gone through career transition themselves and they know what you’re going through. So think about what skills you have, what skills can you offer? Both soft skills and hard skills. Your next employer? What is your niche? What is your area of expertise? We’re all an authority, an expert in something. So be prepared to express that and engage your audience in your job search, an aggressive job search. You need to start planning a job search. Don’t just jump into it. You need to plan it.
For those who jump into it, it goes all over…it goes like a zigzag. You want to go from A to B in the fastest possible way. So there are two things you need to do. Firstly, you need to write your resume. Now a resume today is a very intricate document. Why? Because it’s scanned by ATS, (Applicant Tracking System) machinery and you’re going to be view because of your performance, not because of your responsibilities. So you need to get into that mode.
Secondly, you need to sharpen your competitive age with a LinkedIn profile. If you aren’t on LinkedIn, if you aren’t active on LinkedIn and you don’t have a full profile from top to bottom (it’s page less) you need to become active on LinkedIn. The first thing an executive recruiter or an HR professional will do, when they receive your resume, is go to your LinkedIn profile. What’s that going to tell them if you have a halfhearted, half complete LinkedIn profile or even worse, you don’t even have a LinkedIn profile and they can’t find you.
So make sure you have a LinkedIn profile and be active. So now you’re getting to the planning stage. You’ve got your resume. You’re getting your LinkedIn page prepared. Now you’re ready to execute a job search plan.
The third video in this series is where I will talk about how to execute, how to get your name out there, and it’s all about your brand. You are a product and you need to get that product to the market.
If you are in career transition, I would be happy to help you nurture and coach you through this difficult period of your life. I have an offer for you, a free resume critique, and a LinkedIn audit. I will give you 30 minutes of my time, no obligation, no sales pitch, to go through your LinkedIn and your resume from top to bottom. However I will tell you, I am tough. I say it as it is. I will tell you how to eliminate any red flags and have a bank of green flags. That means you will sail through your job search and through your career transition. Are you interested? If so, email me your resume on LinkedIn, or send it to me by clicking on the button below. I’d be happy to help you. Cheers!