Why you should actively search for a job right after the company your were working for has downsized

Loosing your job is no fun. Not only can it hurt our ego but it can also make us depressed. However, life does not stop after this. It is important to get back up. Instead of wasting time or taking time off after your company decides to let you go, it is crucial that you actively keep searching for a new job. Here are the reasons why:

There are still open positions waiting to be filled

The world did not end because you lost your job. There are still jobs available, waiting for you to apply! Searching for a job will help you focus on the bright future ahead. Do not let great opportunities pass you by by staying inactive.

It is the perfect time to re-evaluate your strengths and weaknesses

A new start is an opportunity to re-evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. When a company decides to downsize, you might still get cut even if your performance has nothing to do with their decision. However, loosing the job might be a great opportunity to really think about what you like. As soon as you get laid off from your job, take the time to update your resume by truly identifying what you are good at. It might also be the motivation you needed to choose another career path. By signing up on Shortstints, you will be able to learn more about job opportunities in the field you are interested in, get job tips and more.

Too much time off won’t look good on your resume

You may want to take a break and nurse your wounds, but it’s important to keep busy and not let the gap in your resume grow. Recruiters are always a little hesitant when it comes to hiring people who have spent time off from working. Unless it is for health reasons or more serious issues, it is crucial that you do not leave blank spaces between your work experiences. We all know that job search can sometimes be a long process so it is important not to waste any time. You can use a temp agency’s services to help you with the process and increase your chances  of finding the right job for you. If finding a new job takes longer than expected, it might be a good idea to enroll in an academic course that will help you add more value to your resume. The important thing is to keep your head in the game.

You might have old bosses who still think highly of you

One bad experience does not eliminate the positive ones. Take the time to remember your best work experiences and reach out to your old bosses to let them know you are now in the job search process. Even though your old boss might not be able to immediately hire you, he will be able to confidently recommend you. Having current references who can talk about your strengths and skills will greatly help you as you start your search for a new job.

 

Of course, it is also important to remember that you are human. You might need a little time to let your emotions come out. Acknowledge your feelings instead of repressing them. Cry if you have to and spend a day in bed if you need to. Yes, there is a time to wipe away your tears and put your chin up but it is also very important to give yourself some time to be true to yourself and be OK with it. Loosing your job can be embarrassing but it is very important to talk about it so you can feel better. Find a friend or family member who can listen and cheer you up. You can also seek professional help if you feel like you are sinking into depression. Do not let your emotions build up inside. You might even find people who went through the same thing and who will be able to give you some valuable advice and life lessons. Volunteering is also one of the best ways to take your mind off of bad things while doing something valuable. While you are searching for a new job, why not find ways of helping your community by painting an orphange or helping your church clean the park? There are so many things you can do instead of waiting in front of a computer screen. Get some fresh air, go out there and serve!

Life goes on, even after hurtful events. Do not stay on the ground but find ways to get back up and keep moving.

 

Have you recently lost your job? It is time to start searching for your next job on Shortstints

 

Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Short Stints

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