Whether it’s due to lay off, resignation, or being fired there’s a high level of stress and sometimes anger associated with joblessness. Figuring out what to do next can be overwhelming. Mentally your having a breakdown but physically you know you have to keep your composure and act fast to maintain your finances. It’s so easy for others to tell you what to do after this situation, but unlike most I’ve been in your shoes.

Here are 4 things to do to help you stay mentally and financially sound to make your next move your best move:

1. Give Your Resume a Facelift

Employers receive hundreds to thousands of resumes. In today’s market your resume should immediately     stand out. Many employers use automated systems so be sure to use keywords to make your resume POP! On average, (if chosen) employers view your resume for an average of 6 seconds, so it’s important to make sure your format is also eye catching and unique.

2.  Get On Your Social Media Platforms

70% of the business managers in the  U.S. say they decide not to hire a candidate based upon something found about them online. If your social media presence is non-existant, start by creating a LinkedIn profile. Building a strong network on Linkedin is a great way to network with recruiters and  browse job listings. If you have an established online presence, CLEAN IT UP. You don’t want your hiring manager to run across a picture of Jessica and Brandon’s housewarming gathering that turned into Project X.

3. Find Networking Events In Your Area

The larger your network, the greater chance you have to snag that dream job. Most jobs aren’t advertised. So the phrase “Your network is your net worth” is particularly relevant when it comes to finding those jobs that are filled via word of mouth. Don’t be afraid to reach out to people and make connections.  Whatever you do, never underestimate the power of your network to open up opportunities and land you that “big break” you were hoping for.

4. Take Time to Reflect 

Use this excess time to reflect on what lead you to this point. Think positive! Consider this the moment you’ve been waiting for to pursue your passion. Keep yourself busy! Exercise and surround yourself with positive people. Find free events in your area to attend. Remember, don’t give up on yourself. Don’t let this situation determine who your are as an individual.

 

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