If you’ve been a part of an employment layoff, you might wonder how this kind of termination may impact your chances as a candidate in the job market. This publication will cover key points that job seekers, who have gone through this type of event, have to consider.
Take Advantage of Down Time
While some people might feel the desire to jump right back into the job search to find new employment, it is common for those affected by a layoff to take advantage of the time away from a work environment. Even if for a few days, being able to take time to focus on his or her personal interests, including mental and emotional well-being, can offer a calming respite. A job ending for whatever reason can have an emotional impact on a person; after all, it is a place where many of us spend the majority of our time as working professionals. As a layoff might suggest sudden or the unexpected end of work, feelings, and emotions can range from shock or anger, as well as to despair and sadness. Being able to take time away from the workplace, as well as the outcome of a layoff will promote the opportunity to clear the mind, even if temporarily, from any stress and anxiety. Hobbies, interests, and spending time with friends and family offer helpful support to keep your mind focused on the positive and, perhaps, to assist in alleviating any anxiety or negative feelings.
Prepare for Your Next Move
After you take a break, it’s helpful to develop a plan for your search. While it’s easy to jump online and start applying to jobs immediately, it’s recommended that those affected by a layoff focus on other key areas that will aid in efforts, including:
Stay Active and Connected During Your Search
The search for new opportunities after a layoff may take time. It’s important to stay in contact with former co-workers, friends, and others as you seek employment. Staying involved with industry associations and groups, along with attending networking functions such as mixers and conferences help provide the platform to stay in touch with other professionals even if you might not have yet landed a job. Volunteering for organizations or events that are important to you also help bridge a connection to communities so that you can meet others and to continue building your network of contacts.
Author: Mary Despe