By Tim Klepaczyk
You just got the bad news – the pink slip and termination of employment. It’s natural to sulk after such a blow. You might even find the sudden abundance of time a blessing. Finally, perhaps, you can at least consider doing all those things with the kids.
That’s all well and good, but be sure you are aware immediately of the implications of your new circumstance. Out of work? No way – you’ve now got a new job: looking for a job.
If you’ve never been unemployed, you’ve got a lot to learn. Outplacement services, LinkedIn, job networking groups, job search accountability groups, perhaps even blogging. These and more will all help you find a new job, and I expect to talk about them in coming posts.
This post, though, is about the big picture. Finding a new job may be among the hardest jobs you’ll ever have, and the more time you spend on it, the more certain you can be of finding a good job sooner. Are you a person who works best with structure? Get organized! Keep records of companies to whom you’ve applied, notes taken on interviews, recruiters with whom you’ve spoken. Some people write everything down; others depend primarily on spreadsheets and other computer applications. Much of this is required anyway for the unemployment office. They could request you to present records of job applications to support certification for unemployment insurance. Even if you work better without a lot of structure you still need to make and follow through on the time commitment.
Finally, don’t get too comfortable even after you land. It’s not likely to be your only out-of-work period. Your next job search starts when you last job search ends, and the things you learned in this job search will serve you well in your next one.
Tim Klepaczyk is an RF & microwave engineer with over 20 years of experience in applications & sales and product design & validation. He also loves writing.
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