Unfortunately, getting fired or losing the current job for any other reason is something everyone needs to be prepared for. The first few days or the weeks since you’ve become unemployed can have a crucial effect on your future employment opportunities, which is why you need to become proactive and do the necessary things instead of feeling down and worrying about your future. Here is what we recommend doing immediately after you’ve lost your job.
Update your resume
If you’ve been in a steady position for a couple of years, you’ve probably never thought about refurbishing your resume, but now it’s the time to make it look attractive. First of all, fill in any job experience you’ve had since you’ve worked on your resume for the last time. Don’t forget to list your achievements at each position, as well as the skills you’ve acquired. Next, update any outdated contact information. Now move on to your cover letter – make sure it can easily catch the attention of any HR manager. You can also post your resume and cover letter on the leading job search websites for the companies to view.
Notify your network
There are many ways to hunt for a new job, but the power of networking shouldn’t be underestimated. Your contacts on Facebook and LinkedIn likely include your ex-colleagues and other people from your field. Letting all those people know that you are looking for a new job increases your chances of landing a new position sooner than you expect. You can also ask specific contacts about available job opportunities at their companies, in case you know where they work.
Get your references ready
Having an attractive resume is an important part of the job search process, but having people who can vouch for you and describe your skills and work ethic to the potential employee is equally important. When you are starting to look for a job, make sure you have a couple of people you can use as your references – preferably, your ex-boss or supervisor. Don’t forget to notify your references that they can be contacted by an HR manager, so that they won’t be taken by surprise when they’re asked about your skills and competences.
Work on your skills
No matter why you’ve lost your previous job, a new set of skills will never hurt your prospects of finding a new, better position. Think about the knowledge you lacked on your former job, and try your best to get the necessary skills for a future position. For example, if you’re looking for a position in analytics, but your Excel skills leave a lot to be desired, get a couple of Excel lessons or find some guides and how-to videos online.
Find a temporary job
Although you should hope for the best outcome, in reality your job search can take several weeks, and if your financial position isn’t stable enough and you don’t have any savings, finding an interim job can solve your money problems. You can work part-time as a cashier, server, babysitter, freelance writer and translator, or choose any other temporary job that fits your skills and allows you to achieve even partial financial independence.