It’s one of the things you feared most recently: You were laid off.
There are some who go into a job and know that a layoff is likely. There are seasonal layoffs and there are long-term layoffs. It used to be that despite a layoff, the more seniority you have, the more likely you are to be recalled. You had a pretty clear picture of what would happen and when.
With the proliferation of such things as right to work laws, union’s loss of collective bargaining abilities, dramatic insurance changes causing more expensive benefits for employers, and, quite frankly, a focus on hiring the least expensive employee as possible, rehiring has changed.
Business is volatile in that if you produce a product, contracts and trade agreements often supersede the needs of employees. Some sources just plain question whether there is the employer-employee loyalty that once was the norm.
In short, do not depend on that job coming back your way. If you’re laid off, it’s important to take the following steps:
You have finally come to the difficult decision that that plan for a dream job just hasn’t worked for you. You gave it your all, but ultimately you must make a change.
Reality is paramount in making this decision to change career fields. Money and benefits could be great levelers. After all, it is ultimately why we work, although as you have discovered, job satisfaction is very important.
Let’s say you have decided to switch from IT professional to photographer. You need to ask yourself the question: is being a photographer a viable professional choice? Photography may be a good choice as a hobby, but it may not be affordable to be a career photographer. What if you want to be an entrepreneur and you have the drive and the skills to be one? If you do not have enough money saved and another source for benefits, such as with a working legal partner, how are you going to afford to be self-employed?
However, do not forget that you must make that move. It is a question of when.
Figuring out what you want to do
Let’s say, for example, you have made the decision to be in the medical field. You have heard from friends that it is very secure and you know you could be happy helping others.
Whether you just graduated, lost a current job, or have had a change in your financial situation that means you need to get a job quickly, it can be
stressful. Finding a job can be challenging as it is, but when you have to find one quickly, it can be quite demanding. Although it may not be ideal, you may need to just accept what you can to meet financial obligations, even if it means a job that doesn’t meet your interests or salary requirements. When you need to find a job fast, the following tips can help:
Focus on your skills
If you already have job experience, that can make it easier to find a job quickly. If you haven’t had your first job yet, don’t fret: just focus on your other qualifications. For example, having any kind of a degree really gives you a good chance at employment. Getting a degree is in itself an accomplishment. You have worked hard, and you have demonstrated a degree of learning just by graduating.
Your resume is often the main professional representation of yourself. Aside from your cover letter, it’s usually the first thing your next potential employer will see when you apply for a position. In a competitive job market where it’s important to stand out (and in a good way), having a resume that shines is crucial.
Don’t overlook the basics
Firstly, be certain not to have typographical or other errors on your resume. Double check and triple check anything and everything. Have more than one person review your resume
Grammar is important, and look up anything that you’re unsure about. A prospective employer knows there is no excuse for usage mistakes based on the availability of the word processing software. You also want to ensure that your proficient use of technology shows everywhere. You would never want a prospective employer to get the impression that you do not care or that you lack basic skills.
Whether you’re unhappy with your current job, or you simply want to see what other opportunities are out there, searching for a new job while you’re already employed can be tricky.
Get Organized, and Prepared—Details Count
Update your resume, and safely use any of the time you may have (breaks, lunch hours, etc.) to start looking for new employment. If you have vacation time or holiday time, take it and devote it to your job search. Play by the rules by submitting reasonable requests for time away. One word of caution on this: if you have a lot of “time coming,” and termination is on the docket, you may draw attention to yourself and your supervisor could refuse or hold onto your request until you are terminated and severance pay is determined, if applicable.
Nearly everyone who has had their employment terminated will tell you that there were signs of the termination either all along, or at least there was some kind of warning signs close to the event.
One of the most recent signs that may be present is that a person represented as a new employee appears to have a way-too-similar job to yours. In short order, you are asked to train that person as to the duties of your position. If you have a company that you know is growing by leaps and bounds, it may be okay. But generally, this is a bad sign, and you may want to get a new job lined up as soon as possible.
There are many reasons why people find themselves in between jobs. But no matter what, unless you have a large amount of money saved, that is likely to be your primary concern. The lack of savings could be exacerbated if you are the sole provider in your household. If you have a roommate or a partner, things may be a bit easier, but perhaps not for long. If you’re currently in between jobs, the following probably hit close to home:
One of the biggest challenges you might face if you’re in between jobs is keeping up with the bills. If you believe you will qualify, and perhaps you were told so at the termination meeting, file for unemployment compensation, either at your nearest state office, by telephone, online. It may not be much, but it can help take care of some immediate expenses until you find your next job.
Lack of benefits