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What do I do after a layoff?

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What do I do after a layoff?

Looking for guidance on how to proceed after a layoff? It can be daunting to navigate the job market after losing your job, especially given the high cost of unemployment. On average, it takes 10 months for the typical worker to find a new job, and even longer for executives.

To help you get started, here three practical tips for post-layoff career development:

Build Your LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn is a valuable resource for job seekers, as it is regularly used by recruiters to find potential candidates. By creating a strong profile on LinkedIn, you can position yourself to be discovered by recruiters. Additionally, LinkedIn allows you to search for job openings and identify connections within a company who could provide helpful insights and networking opportunities.



Share Your Resume with Your Network

It's important to share your updated resume with former colleagues and contacts, particularly those with whom you worked most closely. By doing so, you provide them with an up-to-date summary of your experience and qualifications, which they may be able to use to connect you with relevant job openings. In addition, it can be helpful to provide your resume to potential references, so they can speak confidently about your recent accomplishments.

Join a Professional Association

Professional associations can be a great way to connect with others in your field, gain industry insights, and discover new job opportunities. To make the most of your membership, consider taking on a leadership role or volunteering for committee work. This will allow you to build deeper relationships with other members and showcase your skills and work ethic, making you a more attractive candidate for potential job openings.

By taking these steps, you can start to proactively approach your job search and increase your chances of finding a new and fulfilling role.


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