With the rise in online shopping, there's been an unfortunate trend in the news of big name brands closing brick and mortar stores across the United States. It's frustrating to start the job search from square one, even more so when it's unexpected. Whether you're fired or let go, it can be difficult to bounce back. Check out these five tips to survive being laid off:
Save those coins and stick to a budget. The hunt for a new job may take some time. With bills, food and other expenses, you want to make your money stretch for as long as possible. Cutting back on eating out and finding tricks to save gas are a couple of money saving tips that can help in a big way.
2) Start searching NOW.
The job search can often feel like a waiting game. To find a job fast, take matters into your own hands and show that you mean business. Following up by email, phone or in person will set you apart from other applicants. 85 percent of employers have told us they find it impressive when an applicant follows up.
3) Get help.
Turn your job search into a team sport by getting the help of everyone you know. Ask your friends and family if they know about any jobs hiring or can put in a good word for you. They'll also be helpful in keeping you motivated. If you don't know where to start, reach out to our job search coaches on Facebook or Twitter!
4) Prepare your explanation.
As much as you want to forget about it, employers will ask why you left your last job. No need to worry, layoffs are understandable and totally out of your control. However, if a significant amount of time has passed since leaving your previous job, the employment gap may lead the interviewer to ask what you've been up to in the meantime.
5) Keep calm.
As frustrated as you may be, and understandably so, don't badmouth your past employer on social media or during your interviews. The hiring manager will worry what you will say about their company if they were to hire you. A heated moment isn't worth hindering your entire job search.
Layoffs are tough, but using these pointers you'll make it through. Consider this a minor setback for a major comeback.
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