It is understandable that you might be reluctant to announce your unemployment status to everyone you know, but that is precisely what you should do. And email makes it easy.
Shortly after becoming unemployed, you should send your updated résumé to all your personal and professional contacts, says April Walters, Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Certified Professional Résumé Writer (CPRW) and Career Consultant with Jewish Family Services in Columbus, Ohio. Walters recommends using the bcc feature to appear more personal and to help avoid spam filters.
“It is important to be clear about your direction and positions of interest and also to be open to ideas, advice, suggestions, et cetera, and not just job openings,” says Walters. “Offering to help in return is also appropriate.”
As you may know, I was most recently employed as a <position> at <company>. In this position, I was known for <example: my skill in employing consultative selling techniques to determine customer needs and build long term business relationships>. Due to a recent downsizing, I am conducting a strategic job search to secure a new position(s) (be specific).
To enhance my networking effort, I am reaching out to you to inquire about any ideas, advice, suggestions or referrals you might have for me in locating a new position as a <position>.
Attached is my résumé for your review. Any assistance you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Please feel free to forward my résumé to any contact you think may be interested in my skills or helpful to my search. If there is anything I can help you with, please let me know.
Thanks for your consideration and I look forward to talking to you soon.
Walters suggests sending your network an email update every two to three weeks. Future emails can include your target companies, positions you have applied for, or upcoming interviews, she says. Continue to mention that you are open to new ideas, advice, suggestions or referrals and you appreciate their help, she adds. “People are very busy and time goes by quickly,” says Walters. “It is important to help your network remember that you are conducting a job search.”