Maybe you were blindsided by your company’s layoff – or maybe you saw it coming…for someone else but not you.  Either way, the impact on you and your family is not good.  Mentally, and even sometimes physically, you feel like someone beat you up.  You are experiencing the grieving process – and it feels terrible.

You feel the same emotions that you feel when you lose someone close to you – Shock, Loss, Fear, Depression, Anger, Need to Talk, and finally Acceptance.  These feelings are real – and Everyone works their way through the process.  This is important to know and acknowledge.

How Do I Find a Job Quickly?

Recover from the stages of grief by positive action.  Set aside 1 week to prepare yourself for your search.  On the first day, list everything you do well professionally and personally. Then wash through the lists putting an asterisk next to the skills, experience, and attributes that you do well and enjoy doing.  This practice begins to rebuild your self-confidence, provide triggers to improve your resume, and a foundation to create stories to demonstrate those skills, experience, and attributes during your interviews.  Already, your self-confidence will begin to return because of your actions.

The second and possibly the third day are to add to your list above (your brain plays games with you – ever wander into a room, and forget why you are there?).  The conventions of resume writing are to write your resume in the past tense (even most recent position), third person (as if you are describing someone else), and drop the pronouns.  Begin each sentence with an action verb – you may find them by searching for “Action Verbs” on Bing or Google. Finally, list your most recent position first and work backward chronologically.  List your education and certifications.  This is the short and sweet – my books have an entire chapter on resume writing.

On the fourth day, begin making a list of everyone you know – family, friends, former co-workers from most recent company and previous employers, managers who can give you a solid reference, etc.  Add all of your LinkedIn connections.  You need to work towards 500 connections.  In today’s world, finding their phone numbers is easier than in past years, many are probably in your contacts.

Every step you make during this first week is positive.  Every step rebuilds your self-confidence, and every step builds your Resilience.  The military trains its soldiers resilience because they know events can go south quickly.  Soldiers will need to pick themselves up by their bootstraps and be resilient to turn the events around and succeed. 

In a job search, most people finish second a few times during their interviews before they receive an acceptable offer.  This is when you are building your resilience and determination to succeed.

On your fifth day of the first day, get up at the same time you normally do to prepare for work.  Dress for work (you have conditioned your brain that this is your work appearance and time).  Then tweak your resume.  Improve your LinkedIn profile.  Make a list of people you will contact each day the next week.  Then build your One Minute Commercial or Elevator Speech – first 30 seconds is your experience with an accomplishment, one line to say why you are searching now (during Covid-19 and recessions, this is easy!), and then “What I would Like to do next is…”  End with “Who do you feel I should speak with next?”  Now you are plugging into their network.

Networking with 4 new people per day will help you find a job in plus/minus 90 days.  This is Now your job.  Get it done so you may “get back to normal.”  Increasing the number of daily contacts speeds up your opportunity to find a job quickly.

People who have worked with you in the past, and know your work ethic, will be happy to help you.  They may even have an opening for you – and did not know you were available.

Does Resilience Truly Work?

Unfortunately, resilience is becoming an overworked term in “these uncertain times” (See what I did there?).  In your life, it is important to learn how to bend and not break.  Then spring back with force to succeed.  Pick yourself up with Your bootstraps!

You can do this!  I have coached over a thousand professionals to find another job for over 25 years.  The people who are determined to succeed, many times find a better job where they make more money!  Since March 15, 2020 during Covid-19, twelve professionals I coached found new jobs – many with pay raises.

Resilience truly works!  Make it work for you too!

My Talent Attraction business model is to work with one company at a time and charge a flat monthly fee.  This enables me to become part of a company’s team for short or long periods.  Therefore, I know what is going on behind the curtain that candidates cannot see.

I am here to help you further each week.

For more details and for a Salary Negotiation script to accelerate your #Jobsearch, please immediately click on this link to my recent book, Employee 5.0: Secrets Of A Successful Job Search In The New World Order  My book contains the 12 Steps to find a new position in a nice, orderly fashion.  It also has the stories of people who did well – and some who did not. You may learn from both sides.

See you on Fridays!

Coming Soon, my third book on Finding A JobExpect Success!  The Art Of The Over 50 Job Search!

Bill Humbert is available for Speaking, Talent Attraction Consulting, Career Transition Consulting, and Training contracts.  435-714-4425

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