1. Get detailed feedback on why you lost your job
Whether you’re unemployed because of redundancy or because you were fired, it’s important to understand why you lost your job. This can help if you need to explain to employers why you’re unemployed, and perhaps it’ll help you behave differently next time you’re in employment.
Your line manager should offer an exit interview but if they don’t, speak to your HR representative about getting some feedback. They might also be able to help with references for similar jobs in your sector.
2. Meet your bank manager
If your job loss was unexpected, one of the biggest problems you’re going to have is a lack of funds. Instead of panicking, schedule an appointment with someone at your bank to talk about your problem – you might find they’re more understanding than you might expect and could offer help in a variety of ways from loans to payment breaks.
And don’t wait until it’s too late, it’s better to speak to the bank now before you find yourself unable to pay the bills.
3. Cut Unnecessary Spending from Your Budget
Once your primary source of income is gone, you can’t afford to spend as much as you once did. Stop and think about what budget items you absolutely must spend money on, as opposed to what you want to spend money on. Chances are you don’t really need to go to Starbucks daily to get a cup of coffee - make coffee at home. Things like manicures, pedicures, and car washes are all things you can do on your own to save money. Eliminating unnecessary spending will give you some extra breathing room while you are looking for a new job.
4. Update your CV
It’s best to keep updating your CV throughout your career, but a job loss is the opportune time to really give it a spring clean.
You’ll be applying for new jobs in no time, and you need to make sure it’s completely up to date. Make sure that everything you learned in your job is included and update any references.
5. Join a recruitment agency
As well as looking for jobs yourself, joining an agency is a great proactive way to get access to jobs you might not find alone.
Joining a temp agency is also a good way to find work in between jobs, some of which may lead to more permanent roles. Agencies often include practical tests as part of their recruitment process which demonstrates to employers your skills in an objective way – especially useful if you’re lacking in qualifications.
Make sure you’re keen and enthusiastic with recruitment agencies too, don’t just join, sit back and expect the jobs to roll in – stay in contact with them regularly and ask if anything has come up.
Upload your CV to www.credojob.com – it will increase your chance to get a job faster.
6. Research training courses
Finding yourself unemployed can be a great time to brush up on your skills, and adding extra learning to your CV is a very productive use of the spare time you’ll now have.
Look for courses in your area that could boost your skills, or perhaps you might even consider returning to university. Spend time researching what you might like to do along with the associated costs and help available to you.
Pay attention to very popular and demanded courses – such as Language, Programming or Web Design.
7. Be Healthy
Don’t get into a rut if you lose your job. Get yourself on an exercise program. Go outside and go for a run or walk. Go for a swim. Take a hike. Just get out and be active! Also, if you don’t cook regularly, consider learning how to put together a few healthy meals. By eating healthier and exercising, you’ll feel more confident about yourself, which could help the next time you have an interview.
Looking for a job is now your job. It may take a lot longer to find a new job than you think it will. Many people are running out their unemployment benefits, taking six months or more to find a new job. You might have to settle for less. We’re in a tough economic climate and the dream job you want might not be available for the next few years. Some jobs leave the market and never come back, and you may be facing that reality. Don’t get discouraged. Remember, even in a bad economy, there are always jobs for good people.