Lost your job? What you need to do now

Unemployment has been rising steadily for the last 6 months as the global financial crisis deepens. Many white-collar professionals have been laid off including management, sales staff and office workers. 

So what can you do if you have lost your job? 

  • Use all the information and help that your company will give you to improve your chances of re-employment. Take any courses you can that they will pay for and use the work time you have left to its best advantage. 
     
  • Update your resume – you may need to include more detail about aspects of other jobs you have had to broaden your appeal in the market
     
  • Cut back on expenses and look at your budget
     
  • Use the time to think about what you really want to do for a job. Maybe this is your chance to move into something new?  
     
  • Try to stay positive – there are jobs and it is not personal. Your skills can be used elsewhere, you just might have to be flexible in what you do and for how long. 
     
  • Actively search for work opportunitiesget a profile on LinkedIn or other social networks and see what is out there. Many jobs are not advertised, but if you know someone who can submit your resume, you might just find something. 
     
  • Remember temp agencies if you have office skills. Many companies may lay off staff and then find themselves without key people. They will use temp agencies to fill the gap instead of employing staff. You may be in a different place every week, but many people also find fulltime work after being placed with a company. 
     
  • Consider being a contractor or self-employed. You can offer a daily rate making it easier for companies to afford you short term. 
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