This article comes as Part Two of Laid off, down-sized, flat out fired
If you were discharged from your position, it's time to think about what's next?
Start a journal (Proven habit of successful people)
Take some time to map out exactly what happened to bring about this life change? Try to remember as many dates, names of people, and conversations as detailed as possible. Try to locate supporting documentation. If your company contests your claim for unemployment, you will need to validate a time line of events to warrant your entitlement to unemployment assistance.
Find out the terms of your separation with the company
Severance pay? continuance pay? 401k? Turn in company property?
Are there any legal commitments attached to receiving that compensation?
If so, I strongly advise you to seek out a free legal service or your personal attorney to determine if you should sign to your former employer's demands. It's worth mentioning that all too often, people being terminated are bullied into signing away their rights to future litigation (right to sue) in exchange for a small fraction of their earnings. Many hard working, honest people lose their jobs in wrongful terminations everyday. Don't forfeit your right to be heard in court. Seek guidance from an attorney in your area.
File a claim with your local Unemployment Commission
Back to your journal
It is paramount to your success in launching a new career to keep a detailed account of the jobs you're applying for. Start with fields you are most qualified for and apply your transferable skills to jobs that might be a good fit for you.
Set a realistic time frame for finding a new career and goal yourself to applying to at least two opportunities each day. Commit to a networking goal to meet at least 2 new contacts each week and build your pool of professional resources. Remember to think BIG PICTURE, have you been dreaming of relocating to the coast? Now is the time to explore career options that you may not have considered practical before.
Review your "Web Presence"
When is the last time you connected with anyone on LinkedIn? Facebook? WeGotFired.COM? even Twitter can be a resource for networking up a new job opportunity. Update your profiles to reflect that you're a FREE AGENT now! Start dialing your contacts early!
What service organizations are you a member of?
To dive right back into the networking theme, it's no secret that many jobs are obtained by WHO you know and WHO they know. Make it known within your organization that you're ready to work!
Harness the Job Search Engines
Searching internet for a job can be like finding a needle in a haystack. Many job search sites offer basic search query's that can be broad and not necessarily fit the role you are looking for. Take advantage of the "advanced search" that most sites have to offer and harness the power of the search engine to your benefit.
Some sites include:
WeGotFired.COM Any Job-Seekers best bet for it's user friendly interface, and selection of over 5 million up to date jobs with targeted results
USAJOBS -The Federal Government's official job site
Craigslist Increasingly, companies are posting here to cast a wider net for candidates
Idealist.org A great site for anyone looking for a role that fosters unity and respect
LinkedIn-Jobs More than just NETWORKING, harness their search engine to see what career opportunities members are posting
Don't limit yourself
It's true, the days of cold calling, and canvassing door to door asking for applications are winding down. Careers are now built through online talent platforms and by connecting yourself to people familiar with your ethic, quality of work and commitment to professional growth.
Use each day as an opportunity to network with potential employers.
When you're standing in line at the coffee-shop, strike up a conversation about something you read in the news.
When you're picking up your kids from their activities, talk up hobbies amongst the other parents and harness those connections.
Stuck waiting for a machine at the gym? START BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS while getting fit!
Don't forget, WeGotFired.COM is mobile friendly, so take them anywhere you go!
In those moments, the person you're building a relationship with might be the gatekeeper to your new career!
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