Being laid off or fired can be a shock.

For some people, being laid off or fired leaves them feeling angry, ashamed, or resentful. For others, the response could be, “Well, that was interesting. Time to move on. NEXT!”

But remember how quickly you bounce back and begin to represent yourself and your expertise as valuable to another company is always going to be your choice. 

A fast recovery depends on how quickly you accept that while you have had done interesting work, it is time to move on to better things. So, give yourself space to work through your feelings. Don’t let this setback diminish your pride in your otherwise successful career.

Put your redundancy package in perspective. Does it allow you to survive in the near future, or are you stranded? When your career game is interrupted, middle inning, it helps to remember that the sun is shining elsewhere, it is not raining everywhere, and you should remember to let that sink in.

Here are some other survival tips:

1.  Although a quick bounce-back might be a struggle, you will need to project a positive image to persuade your friends and potential employers that you are still in one piece. Focus on the highlights and achievements in your career. That helps to minimize the emotional fallout.

2. A layoff might free you up to explore a new career path or reassess your strengths, values, or where your career interests truly lie. Layoffs affect everyone in the department. Those who remain with the company quite often feel like they have just won the booby prize.

3.  Focus on your achievements in your former role. Use short and factual explanations. Too much detail can sound defensive rather than accepting of the situation.

4.  Laid off due to a merger, restructure, or downsizing? Use a broad brushstroke: Use all-encompassing language. “Unfortunately, I was laid off along with other colleagues.”

6.  Management change or a shift in direction: My skills and expertise are no longer aligned with the projects or the new manager’s priorities.

7.  Fired for performance reasons? Briefly explain the circumstances and what the experience has taught you. Then move on to what makes you a good match for the current position.

8.  Try to stay steady? Avoid responding to a deluge of jobs in a desperate attempt to get any new job. Instead, update your resume and shift your focus towards what you can offer.

Finally, accelerate your networking. The more active you are in your professional communities, the easier it will be to ask for and get help.

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High Maintenance Job Seeker

The high maintenance jobseeker views the job search process and interviewing as a highly competitive structured process that should run at a clip. Many try to force things and cross over into Jobseeker Uptighterati territory, in an attempt to get an edge over other job seekers.

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Recognizing the High Maintenance Uptighterati Jobseeker in yourself:

1.      In addition to applying to the job online, the high maintenance jobseeker sends their resume or project samples to Human Resources and the Hiring Manager by the next day post.

2.      Many job seekers use colorful paper or ink or graphics in their online resume in an attempt to stand out.  This may render a fair portion of the resume unreadable and look ever so slightly like a craft project gone wrong.

3.      Once contacted for an interview, they need to think about it, research, or look at their schedule. Then bombard the recruiter or manager with a series of “I would like to know emails” or calls before setting up or attending the interview.

4.      Resist your tendency to be a Uptighterati by showing up half an hour early for the interview to see if the manager is available and can meet with you a bit earlier. Adhering to your punctuality principle, then trying to make reality conform to it, can be very annoying to others.

5.      The high maintenance jobseeker brings a series of show-and-tell items, awards, projects, reference letters, etc., to the interview and constantly interrupts the interview to show the items.

6.      Is accompanied to the interview by a friend, who sits glumly in the lobby, or worse, wanders around, peering into the interview room or other offices.

In an attempt to stand out from other candidates, many jobseekers inadvertently commit one or more of these interview mistakes. Qualified for a position, had the first interview you are not asked back for a second interview? Check the items above. Did you commit any of these blunders?  Have you turned into a High Maintenance Uptighterati Jobseeker?

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How to beat the Holiday Job Search blues

Job search during the holiday season can add an additional level of stress to an already stressful time of year.  But there is an upside to interviewing during the holidays.

With over 20% of job seekers opting out of job searching due to the holidays a fifth of your competition just left the market, and an even larger percentage fail to update their resumes and profiles on the job search engines. So now is the time to capitalize on that advantage.

Here’s why job hunting during the holidays, is such a brilliant idea!!

  • Create complete job applications. Resist the urge to send a blind resume, employers seeking to hire are more likely to view resumes in an online format that they are accustomed to, the rest is for the delete button.
  • Please follow the job application instructions. To ignore directions tells the manager that you do not/will not follow directions – and you wonder why they have not called on your resume!
  • If you have created a job application more than three months ago, please go back in and update, better yet create a new resume or profile, you may have fallen to Resume 1005 – nobody reads that many!
  • Most job boards allow you to add up to three resumes/profiles. Every now and again, update to rise to the top.
  • Change or remove your objective or summary so your info looks new.
  • Take a good attitude and lots of business cards to holiday functions. Hint: do not hand out your resume at holiday functions, offer to email it the next day.
  • Still no hits or interviews after three weeks – thrash the whole thing. Create a new resume or profile. Do it yourself or invest in your career, have a professional resume writer design it for you.
  • Some of the best salary offers are made during this upbeat time of year – so hang in there!!.

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This Article is a re-post from FPSelectJobsblog 12/03/2017 

Planning your job exit strategy

With an uptick in the new economy and people being added to the job force daily, you might be thinking about leaving your company.

interviewExiting a job and launching into another opportunity requires dealings with current and future co-workers. Like any good relationship, what you put into it is what your return will resemble.

So, as you approach a job change, consider how you would ideally exit your workplace. Keep in mind that how you leave a job is as importance, if not more so, than how you arrived at the new one.

Carefully plan your exit and make a transition that would bring a smile to your family and friends as well as your future employer.

There are several important dos and don’ts.

Don’ts

■ Do not leave on bad terms by depleting your sick leave or being uncooperative in wrapping up tasks and projects.

■ Do not treat anyone badly regardless of their behavior. Your reputation is important and this will reflect poorly on you.

■ Do not share negative comments or criticisms of your boss, colleagues or company even if asked.

Dos

■ Be sure to schedule an exit interview.

■ Be positive during the exit interview. It goes a long way and is the right thing to do. Give honest and constructive feedback.

■ Update your co-workers and supervisor on the status of your portion of the projects you’ve been working on.

■ Provide adequate notice to your company and leave in good standing. You do not want to close a door that you may want to return to and open again. Adequate notice is typically two weeks, but some professions will ask for a month’s notice.

■ Save some money and do some budgeting because the time from leaving a job with your last paycheck to starting a new job with your first paycheck will take time.

There are a lot of reasons to leave a company. According to a survey conducted by LinkedIn earlier this year, the number one reason workers left their jobs was because they wanted greater opportunities for advancement.

Most interesting is that seeking a better supervisor didn’t make the top five on the LinkedIn survey, but it is often cited as a reason during the job search.

While everyone will not agree with this suggestion, I believe that you should seek to leave on good terms with your supervisor. Even if your supervisor is the reason for your departure.

I think how you handle this relationship reflects upon you and your professional maturity. Talking with your boss about your job search will help eliminate rumors.

These suggestions will help you land safely into a new job.

Life is easy when everything is rosy and going well, but a true test of your character is transitioning from one job to another — whether the move is voluntary or forced.

I believe it was Shakespeare who wrote, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances…”

A person is remembered for his or her entrances and exits.

Article written by: Lenroy Jones | The Career Dude is a resource available to provide you with career information that will lead to your employment and/or advancement in your job!|

About the author: Lenroy Jones, has a masters degree from Michigan State University, has dedicated nearly 20 years to coaching and supporting career seekers to pursue their passion and purpose.