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Bouncing Back into the Job Market After a Layoff

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many members of the workforce have faced layoffs as companies struggle to stay afloat. While you are not to blame for the predicament that you are currently facing, it is important to take the steps necessary to bounce back into the job market following a layoff. And, although this may be a temporary negative life experience, you will be okay!  

Once you are laid off, there are several steps that you should take to reenter the job market and continue your career path. While it may seem like a shock at first, the most important thing to do is get back on your feet as soon as possible. If you need a new position, recruiters like Certified Source are here to help. Below you will find some tips to help you find a new career path or get back into the workforce as soon as possible with minimal consequence or downtime.  

Take Time to Process What Happened 

Getting laid off can be a huge blow as an employee. And, as you might imagine, the process is rarely easy. There is a multitude of things you may miss about your previous position and it’s natural to grieve about the loss of your job. If needed, take the time to work through the situation and embrace the feelings that you are feeling before jumping back into the job market. Often this can be achieved by speaking with loved ones or a professional that will provide support throughout the process. 

Keep Up with Your Finances 

One common problem that individuals face when being laid off is determining how their current finances and budget will be impacted. To get started, review your expenses over the past few months by retrieving your bank records and compare that to the allocated budget you have available. This should give a good indicator of what monetary sacrifices you may need to make and how long your current funds will last without supplemental income coming in. Reducing expenses can help cushion you if the job search process takes longer than expected. 

Update Your Resume 

In your downtime, it is important to take the time to reflect on new skills or knowledge that you may have gained in your previous position and updating your resume to reflect that. This can help improve your soft skills or technical skills that are being presented to potential employers that are searching for employees just like you. Once completed, take the time to update your career-related social profiles like LinkedIn or Indeed to update your network and signify you are open to new opportunities. 

Work with a Recruiter 

While recruiters may have reached out to you while you were in your current position, now is the time to utilize their services. Recruiters will often seek out the best talent possible for employers that are looking for candidates that possess their skills and talent. Even if you don’t have experience with a recruiter, don’t be afraid to reach out to them for potential job placement opportunities that may be available for you. 

Why Certified?   

At Certified Source, we go above and beyond to make sure our clients are protected and experience service excellence. All of our staff members are Certified Staffing Professionals credentialed by the American Staffing Association. For more information, view all current job positions available.

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