With the COVID-19 crisis impacting the global economy, more and more people are getting laid off every day. And if you are also on the list of people who have been laid off recently, we know how you feel. It may have been a shock to some, while others might have expected that dreaded call from HR. But don’t be disheartened, because you can use this time to skill up and make a strong comeback. If you’re wondering how to get a job again, here are nine simple ways and steps to restart your journey and get back on your feet.
1. Take some time to plan and organise
Being laid off suddenly can make you feel low and vulnerable, so give yourself a little time. A lot of people might be going through the same thing. Get in touch with friends or colleagues and discuss new ideas to work things out. Don’t be hard on yourself and just take things one at a time. And now, since you have some time, do your research, organise your ideas, and plan out things calmly.
2. Manage your expenses and save your money
Even though you are temporarily unemployed, it is important to manage your expenses. Start saving your money and invest a reasonable amount wisely in risk-free options. Saving money will also help you sail through tough times till you get another job.
3. Sign up for an online course and learn a new skill
It might be tough to just relax at home without the 9-5 routine, but keep calm. Use this free time to explore and learn a new skill online. There are plenty of courses that you can do to enhance your skills. You can learn a new language or try a few short courses related to your industry. If there’s something you’ve always wanted to learn, now is the time. This will be an added benefit and will reflect well on your resume.
4. Redo your resume
Once you have spent some time thinking about what you want to do next, it is time to redo your resume. Whether you want to continue in the same field or want to change your area of work, you will require a fresh resume. Update it with new skills and accomplishments from your last job. And, in case you don’t know where to start, look it up online as there are multiple tools to help you build your resume from scratch.
5. Join job groups and email subscriptions
Going online and blindly looking through jobs isn’t something you should be aiming at. So, organise and filter your research a little. There are plenty of job groups and email subscriptions that can help you refine your search. Here are a few avenues which will help.
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6. Work on a cover letter
While most people believe writing a cover letter isn’t going to serve any purpose, it is quite the opposite. When recruiters are going through resumes with similar qualifications, they often prefer to go through the cover letter. So your chances of getting that interview increase in comparison to someone who didn’t send a cover letter. Work on a fresh resume to add your new skills and positions that make you a reliable candidate.
7. Spread the word
Just applying for jobs online doesn’t finish the task. Now since you have time, spread the word in your network and start socialising more. There is nothing to be embarrassed about if you’ve been laid off. Times are tough, and it isn’t your fault. Reach out to your friends, colleagues, and professional circles, and let them know that you are looking for a job.
8. Prepare for interviews as recruiters will be asking about your sudden availability
While you are socialising (at a distance) and networking, you will be asked to explain why you are suddenly looking for a job. Be honest and don’t badmouth your previous company or its employees. Simply stating that you have been laid off is enough. Don’t hide it or worry about it too much as people are always looking for experienced person, and you could be just what they need!
9. Don’t panic and be positive
While it is easier said than done, you really need to look at the bigger picture. Don’t lock yourself in a room sending out resumes to 50 places at once. Breathe and be positive as you will get a job, but remember it will take some time. Don’t be disappointed and keep sitting in front of your laptop refreshing it every five minutes. Focus on other things too. Spend time with family, catch up with friends over video calls, and do anything and everything you love!
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