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How do you bounce back on the job market after a job loss?

20 October 2022

Behind every crisis, there is an opportunity.

Behind every failure, a place to learn.

If you are not satisfied with your current employer, we strongly suggest that you find a new job with a company that is closer to your values and strengths and offer your resignation in a professional and respectful manner.

Considering the case of a dismissal, it can be a trying adventure monetarily, psychologically and professionally. On the other hand, it can be a great opportunity to improve, refocus and gain maturity.

Here are a few tips that will certainly help you manage this ordeal better:

  • 1. Take over like a pro! Being fired for one reason or another, it’s a big deal. It is easy to feel hurt, angry, anxious, etc. You don’t have control over your emotions, but you do have control over your actions. Keep your head up and be professional with your former employer. You can then take the time to digest the difficult situation in order to welcome it with its ups and downs that will come.
  • 2. Question your manager about why you were laid off: Be aware that being laid off does not automatically mean that you are not qualified. It may be a downsizing, a difficult economic environment, that your expectations and the needs of the role are not quite aligned, or simply that you still have experience to gain in order to satisfy the duties of the role you are serving. Look at this as an opportunity to get feedback on your work and how you could improve.
  • 3. Leave on good terms : If there is no option to return to employment with your current company, take the necessary steps to leave on good terms. Be sure to thank your co-workers for your time with the company and complete any steps you are asked to take before you leave.
  • 4. Take time to reflect and get back on track! Once the dust settles, take a step back and reflect on the feedback you received following your termination. Dare to ask yourself questions like:

– What did I like and dislike about my responsibilities?

– What did I like and dislike about my work environment?

– What could I change about the way I do things?

– What tools or training could I take to develop my skills?

– What are my strengths that contributed to my former employer that I can capitalize on tomorrow?

* Annotate the answers that come to mind. This will help you to have a clearer idea when looking for a job.

  • 5. Be productive: Staying proactive in your network and interested in the job market should be part of your daily routine as soon as possible. Obviously, long periods of inactivity in a resume are not particularly recommended and will make recruiters wonder about your motivation, positivism and dynamism. Even if you don’t have a formal job, it’s a good idea to have a good lending argument. This time off is a chance to maximize your skills and knowledge.
  • 6. Update your resume: Part of being productive involves updating your resume, references and LinkedIn, among other things. Although you may have lost your previous job, there is bound to be some knowledge from that role that can be added to your current skills. Also, add any training or experience gained during the period of your unemployment.
  • 7. Practice your interview skills: Apply, answer calls, messages and interviews as much as possible. During the first interview, you may feel numb. Don’t worry, you’ll regain confidence along the way! Ask friends or family to help you practice. Above all, do your research on the companies that contact you and be proud of the qualities that make you a potential candidate.
  • 8. Find a new job: Today, there are many methods available to you if you want to get a new job quickly:

– Contact your personal contacts to see if they know of any opportunities.

– Post your availability for employment on your social media.

– Contact a recruitment agency that offers services in your industry.

– Show your interest in roles that appeal to you by applying online.

– Attend job events where you will find contacts that can provide you with an entry point to companies that interest you.

  • 8. Be prepared to talk about your layoff: During your search, you will be asked why you are looking for a new job. It is important not to hide the fact that you have been laid off. Be honest about your situation. Make sure you have prepared a positive response to this beforehand. Without extrapolating the details, give a quick overview of the situation, talk about your failures in a sincere and confident manner, then move on to what you learned from the experience and how it helped you improve professionally.

In conclusion, if you are experiencing a layoff, don’t despair.

The important thing is that you handle the situation professionally and see the opportunity that comes with it.

A good resume and a positive attitude will help you get back to work in no time.

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