Blindsided by a layoff . . .

Posted by Paladin on March 23, 2009

Seems like a silly thing to be saying these days, but not everyone sees it coming. Many professionals do not keep themselves “job search ready”.

Here are some suggestions for how to handle the first 24hrs after a layoff:

  • Maintain your access to connections.
    • LinkedIn profile, special interest groups, associations, news, RSS feeds
    • Be sure to redirect email addresses and contact information so you stay connected – you don’t want to miss a call or email during this crucial time.
  • Update your status. Get the word out.Let people know you are starting your search.
    • Send out a blast email to all your contacts
    • Post your status on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter
    • If you don’t have one of these accounts get one set up
  • Get your resume written and ready to go. Timing is everything. You never know where the next lead is coming from and you want to be able to respond as quickly as possible.
  • Go to a networking event
  • Talk to your colleagues
  • Join job searching groups
  • Recruit recruiters: research and contact recruiters that specialize in your profession
  • Set up meetings: Schedule information interviews or networking meetings with anyone and everyone you can
  • Review your finances:
    • File for unemployment right away
    • If you received a severance package, make sure you understand it
  • Set up your new office: Your job is now is finding a new job and need to have a space dedicated to the task

Checking this list off in the first 24 hours will set things in motion and hopefully help you sleep a little better.
If you have other recommendations to share, please add your comments.

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