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Job Hunting After a Job Loss

Whether you loved your old job or hated it, being laid off is a shock. It can be hard to dive into a job search right away.

Carefully plan your job search. This will increase your chances of finding a new job. Follow these tips to make your job search a success.

Be Positive

Most of all, don't feel ashamed or guilty. Companies often downsize because of the economy, not the employees. If you've lost your job, you're not alone. If you're finding it hard to move on after a job loss, learn how to deal with transition.

Make a Plan

A successful job search requires planning and time. After a layoff, your main concern is replacing lost wages. Find out about any unemployment benefits you may qualify for. You may want to consider temporary work while you hunt for a long-term position. Employment agencies might be able to help.

Know Your Options

You have experience in a particular occupation as well as a particular industry. Laid-off job searchers have three basic options when looking for jobs:

  • Same occupation, same industry. If this is your goal, you can begin your job search by following the rest of the tips below.

  • New occupation and industry, similar skills. Want to try a different type of job that requires similar skills as your past job? Explore this option by visiting the Changing Careers after a Job Loss section.

  • New occupation and industry, new skills. Maybe the time is right to move to an entirely new field and learn new skills. Explore this option by visiting the Changing Careers after a Job Loss section or the Explore Careers section.

You can also visit mySkills myFuture to find new career options to explore or get career advice by visiting a CareerForce Location.

Network, Network, Network

Many jobs are not advertised. This is why networking is critical to a successful job hunt. Employers prefer to hire people who were referred to them by friends, family, or current employees. This is called the hidden job market.

Polish Your Resume

When you apply for a job, your resume is often the only information a prospective employer has about you. Make sure your resume highlights your skills and qualifications. Visit the Resumes section to get tips on creating or improving a resume as well as samples to help get you started.

Dig Deep for Job Leads

Make sure you explore all options. Here are some ways to get started:

Brush Up on Interviewing Skills

This is especially important if you haven't had to interview for a job in many years. Visit the Interview Tips page.