With the uncertainty and urgency of COVID-19, many in the workforce have valid concerns about their job security and others have already been laid off.
For those who find themselves in this unfortunate situation here are some suggestions on what to do next.
No one ever really plans for being laid off in the midst of a worldwide pandemic and for those who attempt to, there are some parts of this situation that cannot be predicted including how you will feel about it. On top of the anxiety (and panic) of keeping your family and yourself safe, shock, anger, and hurt can hit you like a ton of bricks leaving you feeling stuck. That’s okay. Sit in those feelings, whatever they may be, and give them time to fully. Scream if you need to. Curse if you must. Sit in it and feel all the feels. Get it out because you need to be focused on the next step.
Review Your Last
Now that you have (mostly) moved out of the emotional space, it’s time to think about your old job. I know you don’t want to but you have to so that you can decide on what you DON’T want in your next job. Think about all of the things you wish you could change about your last company and role (now you actually can) and use this information to filter out potential employers that aren’t a good fit for you.
Revise Your Toolkit
Regardless of how long you were at your previous job, you have no doubt gained valuable experience. Now is the time to revise your resume, adjust your career plan, and fine-tune your professional brand. Don’t forget to update your LinkedIn page and other online homes. Yes, even in times of crisis there are companies looking for talent. Check out this list of companies that are hiring right now.
Restart Your Journey
As hard as it may be to believe, you are ready to put yourself out there and restart your job search. You have to get back out there and erase the fear of history repeating itself. We cannot control the economy and there are no guarantees that we won’t find ourselves without a job in the future, but we can commit to never giving up and taking control of our careers.
To get you started on your journey, here is a list of questions to ask at your next interview.
Happy Hunting Champions.