Best Practices When Facing a Career Transition
Updated: Sep 2, 2020
1) Don’t blame yourself - The job loss was a business decision and very likely (we will address how to identify learning opportunities in future posts), not due to anything you did wrong. If you are not careful, you might spend unnecessary energy and waste valuable time trying to change the past. Don’t do it! That chapter in your life is now behind you, and the only thing you can do with that experience is to build on it to create a better future. We welcome all feedback on job loss and hope we can help.
“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” —Alexander Graham Bell
2) Immediately begin to focus on your personal welfare - Your family’s financial welfare and personal wellbeing are paramount. Spend the time to look at your budget and build a plan to sustain you. Reduce expenses where possible. If eligible for unemployment compensation, apply immediately. Assure your family that this situation is only a temporary setback and work together to stay positive and focused on your transition plan. Maintain positive energy and set time aside daily for your own mental, physical and spiritual health during your job search – be planful.
3) Create a job search strategy –You now have a clean slate, identify what you want to do, industries you are going to target, companies you admire, etc. Build plans around how you will approach these organizations. Make sure you develop and practice telling “your story” as it should compel organizations to want your help in solving their problems. Hold yourself accountable to both execute your search strategy and continuously improve it.
4) Treat your job search like a full-time job –You must put in the time and push yourself to do more each day on identifying opportunities, reaching out to people, applying, etc. Make sure you have a great resume and LinkedIn profile, and that you can effectively speak to the value you can bring. Most companies ask you to apply online, but remember, the applicant tracking system does not make hiring decisions; people do. So, you must figure out ways to speak with people.
5) Work your network – There is a high likelihood that your next job will come as the result of a referral from someone you know or someone who knows someone in your network. Utilizing your direct and extended network is critical. The best way to network is to reach out to see how you can help others, rather than reaching out just to help yourself. This not only strengthens the authenticity of your connections but becomes another way to pay it forward.