Getting let go from a job is not a great feeling. We get it. If you’ve ever been let go, you know exactly how it feels. Gutted. It is a challenging situation. Unfortunately, over the past year, there have been way more people than normal let go from their jobs because of the pandemic.

While it’s perfectly natural to feel sorry for yourself, now is not the time to dwell on the situation. It’s time to get back on the horse. Brush yourself off and take ownership of the situation. Do not focus on the past; focus on the future. Use the actionable tips below to find a new job after being let go.

take some time for reflection

But not too much time. Once you have exited from the company, it’s okay to stop and take a breath. Give yourself some time to process what has happened. Getting let go is the perfect time to reassess where you are and how you want to move forward with your career.

What did you like about your job? What didn’t you like? Is there something new you have been wanting to try? Give your career objectives some serious thought.

create a job search plan

So, what is your plan? Based on your time reflecting,  put together a plan to help you reach your objectives. What type of job are you going for? Do you need to acquire additional skills? Are there certain companies you would like to work for in the future?

Do not forget to give yourself a schedule so you can maximize your time. How many hours per week will you dedicate to your search? Which days? What tasks do you need to accomplish?

shore up your references

Depending on your reason for being let go, you still may want to ask for a reference. If you were fired, a reference may not be possible. But, if you were laid off because of the pandemic, a company going out of business, or downsizing, ask for a reference if you believe it will help you with your job search. Now is also the time to connect with previous references to let them know you are looking and that they may get a call in the near future.

leverage your professional network

Who you know and are connected with can give your search a significant boost. Jump on LinkedIn, contact your professional connections and put feelers out there. Let your network know you are looking for new opportunities. You never know, one of your connections may have a lead for you.

review and update your resume and cover letter

This is an obvious one. Spend some time reviewing your resume. If it has been a while since you looked for a job, your resume may need a complete overhaul. Update your experience, skills, and focus to reflect your new job search goals.

Also, don’t forget to update your LinkedIn profile!

connect with a recruiter

Whether you are just starting your search or you are looking for a leg up, working with a recruiter is a great resource. Recruiters can help you refine your search and connect you with employers in your area.

No one wants to be let go from a job, but it happens to the best of us. The key is how you react. It’s time to take action.

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