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You Were Just Laid Off Unexpectedly – What’s Next?

Updated: Aug 29, 2023

1. Don't Panic.

Getting laid off is one of the most stressful things that can happen in life, but it’s important to stay calm and think rationally so that you can make some important judgment calls. Give yourself some time to be upset, then calm yourself down and start making your plan.

2. Tighten Up Your Budget.

If you’re one of the 60% of US citizens currently living paycheck-to-paycheck, you’ll want to make sure you can keep yourself afloat until you find a new job. The best way to do this is to create a new budget. Decrease unnecessary spending like vacations, shopping, and gifts, and opt for cooking at home instead of eating out. This will put less stress on your financials so you can make sure you can afford your living expenses in the case of a longer-than-expected job hunt.

3. Update Your Resume.

If you were employed at your last position for a relatively long time, there’s a good chance you haven’t updated your resume in a while. Now’s the time to do it! Check out our Tips for a Fantastic Resume so you can impress potential employers.

4. Update your cover letter.

Another thing you may not have updated is your cover letter. You’ll want to make sure it pertains to the jobs you’re searching for, especially if you decide to make any changes in the type of position you’d like. You can also include any recent experiences or achievements made at your last position. Check out more cover letter tips here.

5. Update Your LinkedIn Profile.

LinkedIn is a super-useful tool for job hunting, and it’s increasingly common for employers to search your name after you’ve applied for a job with them. This is an important reason to make sure your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date and showing off your best assets. You can find tips for your LinkedIn profile here.

6. Do some networking.

Networking is one of the most important things you can do to build a career and create more opportunities for yourself. Find people in your industry on LinkedIn, join a professional association, or search for networking events in your area – you might meet someone who will prove invaluable to your career!

7. Look for jobs.

Now that you’ve set yourself up for success, it’s time to get to work looking for a new job! Using your updated resume and cover letter, you can use career sites like Indeed or Glassdoor to find companies that are hiring, or you can even reach out directly to companies that you’d like to work for. Be sure that you give each application time and effort to show employers you mean business. It’s easy to get lost in the world of “click to apply”, but employers will take notice if you tailor your application to their position, and even send a follow up to ask if they need any more information from you. You can find our open positions here.

8. Brush up on your interview skills.

Now that you’ve started applying for jobs, you want to make sure you’re ready for the next step – job interviews. You can check out our interview dos and don’ts here, or our interview tips and tricks here.

9. Ask Questions

Make sure you ask a potential employer lots of questions – both to show them that you’re interested in and serious about the position, and to make sure the job is the right one for you. Here’s a list of some great questions you can ask.

10. Score the job!

With these tips, you’ll score a job in no time! Remember to stay positive and make the most of this big change. Happy job hunting!


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