Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Laid Off -- Now What?

Laid Off -- Now What?
Laid Off -- Now What?
Losing your job can be disorienting and difficult,
you have the power to take action.
the layoff is the end of one chapter
in your working life,
meaning you need to build yourself
back up and find that new beginning.

This thinking will help you make the most
of your situation and come out
in the best position possible:

If you've been laid off recently
think you might lose your job in the near future,
you need to respond strategically and massively.
The hard reality about layoffs,
is that how you respond may depend
on your financial and emotional state.
Laid Off -- Now What?
You may have predicted
this event and prepared for it,
you may view the layoff
as a blessing in disguise if it forces you
to make a change you've wanted to make for some time.
In these cases,
it's time to crank up your search
efforts with focus and confidence.
Laid Off -- Now What?
on the other hand,
you are totally blindsided
by the layoff and/or unprepared for it,
your first step is to take stock.
What is your cash position?
Do you feel strong,
and can you see the situation
as an opportunity to move into something better?
are you at a loss about what to do next?
What kind of support can you get to help you through?
What do you have to do to ensure
that you survive -- financially and emotionally?
Laid Off -- Now What?
While feelings of panic and uncertainty are normal,
remember that the most effective job searches
are not scattershot approaches
rather targeted strategies
that leverage your past experience.

In either situation,
a strategic job search is in order.
Based on new report,
"How to Manage
Your Career in Scary Times,"
here are eight top-level tips to ensure your
response to a layoff is focused and effective.
Laid Off -- Now What?
1. Breathe

Find your center.
You are a professional
and there is a place for you out there.
You will get through this.
And the best way to do so is to focus
on what you offer and take massive action.

2. Get Out the Contact List

Make a record of the people
you worked with and dealt with.
Put that address information into your own system
and contact people using your personal email address.

3. Inventory What You Offer

Take time to develop
a sound understanding of your abilities,
skills, experience and fit.
This includes really analyzing your
professional background to identify stories,
evidence and data about your job performance
that you can use to better market
yourself and prove your candidacy.
What are you interested in doing next?
What is the next logical step for you?
Depending on your position and situation,
you may be looking to move forward
or you may need to focus on
where you are most employable.

4. Define Your Targets

You are not equally valuable everywhere.
Define A, B and C target groups.
A is the perfect home for your offering.
B is acceptable.
C will pay the bills.
Use information like job title,
organization type, organization size,
industry and market to make your targets
as defined as possible.

5. Cultivate Multiple Channels

Work more than one channel
to find those target opportunities.
By all means, use online job postings
and apply selectively to jobs.
realize this is only one channel.
Develop a multichannel strategy
and invest your time accordingly.
Those channels might include recruitment agencies,
professional associations and, of course, your network.

6. Create Channels
for People to Find You

Nothing is better than receiving
a call about an opportunity.
It puts you in the driver's seat,
at least for a bit.
Ensure your network contacts know
what you're looking for so you are top of mind
when they can make a referral.
Use social networking sites
as another way to accomplish this.

7. Follow the Pareto Principle

This is otherwise known as the 80/20 rule.
Analyze your network for the people
who are hubs of contacts and information.
Who do you know who can hire or refer you?
When you're ready, get in touch with them.
And remember,
the actions you might resist are usually
the most valuable, high-impact ones.
In my experience,
successful job searches are often
the result of that one, right call.

8. Get Out and Talk to People

The worst place to conduct a job search
is in your pajamas at your family computer.
there are a lot of important activities
you can do from your computer,
schedule them outside of prime meeting time.
You must get out there -- every day.