Join Brie Reynolds for an in-depth discussion in this video Next steps and additional resources, part of Recovering from a Layoff.
- Congratulations on completing this course. I hope some of the things that I've shared with you will put you on the path to your next step in your career. Before we go, let's take a moment to review some of the steps we've discussed. First and foremost, take time to really deal with your new reality. Talk to your family and close friends about what's happened and what the layoff means for them. Then, cut unnecessary expenses and file for unemployment. Finally, take time to recuperate from your loss. The next step is about making a structured plan for your job recovery and to find classes or improve your skills through volunteering, part-time work, or freelance projects.
Throughout this process, you should also focus on networking. Your professional network will be instrumental to finding success after a layoff and you can put it to work as you search for jobs online and send your resume and cover letter. No part of a job search is easy but the most nerve wracking experience might be the job interview. Practice answering questions about your layoff, be prepared for phone and video interviews, and use the SAR method to answer questions. For more solid advice and tips, I'd recommend reading these two books about bouncing back from a layoff.
'Surviving a Layoff' by Lita Epstein is a well organized week-by-week guide to getting back to work when you've been laid off. The other book is 'Life Reimagined' by Richard Leider and Alan Webbe. It isn't specific to layoffs, but it's helpful for anyone who finds themselves at a career crossroads and isn't sure where or how to make their next move and there's a great video on this site about discussing negative job experiences in a positive way, taught by Valerie Sutton. Recovering from a layoff can be a lengthy, time consuming, and stressful process.
But, by following the formula and tips presented in this course, and checking out some of these additional resources, you'll exponentially increase your odds of recovering quickly and finding your next job. I wish you the very best as you take control of your future and begin the next chapter in your career.
- Dealing with job loss
- Taking classes and building skills
- Volunteering to fill resume gaps
- Searching and applying for jobs
- Writing a better resume and cover letter
- Interviewing for your first job after a layoff