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Lost your job…now what?

Sometimes it can happen unexpectedly; other times you see it coming. You find yourself without a job, and you don’t know what to do. First, know that you are not alone. There are currently over 5 million jobs available in the U.S. (http://www.bls.gov) You might now be thinking, “What can I do to stand out from the crowd?”

Here are 5 easy things you can do to help yourself get back on your feet and find your next job.

1. Thoroughly update your online profile

It is important to get the word out about the new transition that you are in. Update your social media profiles. Most importantly LinkedIn and Facebook. You may want to register for a new email address. Make sure that it is as professional as possible. An example would be firstname-lastname@gmail.com. Now is also a good time to update your privacy settings on your social media profiles. You want to look your best both in person and online.

2. Update your resume while your job duties and experiences are fresh

As time goes by, you will start to forget details about your past job duties and roles. Now is a great time to update your resume. Your new job will request one when you apply, so now is the time to check out some of our other blogs, including this one on how to write a resume!

3. Get a business card and updated professional headshot

This step is preparing you for the final suggestion on the list, but this is a very important step. Spend a few dollars and get an updated professional headshot that you can use in your email and social media profiles. Also, contact a local printer or find one online to have some simple contact information added to a business card to hand out as you are meeting with people.

4. Self-reflect and Exercise

Studies have shown that routines help us to stay motivated and reduce the risk of depression. In that routine, make sure to include self-reflection/meditation and exercise. Both of these activities should help to continue challenging your body and mind. This is also a time to consider and make decisions on a possible career change, companies or industries to target, or opening that small business you have thought about for years!

5. NETWORK!

Lastly, but arguably most importantly, get out and network. Attend seminars and send emails to family, friends, and business associates to tell them about your job transition. The old saying goes, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” and when you are between jobs, that is especially true. You have your new business card, updated profiles, and your updated resume to hand out, so get out there and find your next role!

Make sure that you are looking in the right places for jobs: if you are an IT professional and located in Minnesota, check out our job listing site that is specifically for IT professionals. We have listings for Java, IT Security, Network Management and many more! Check out our job search page at Tekruiter.com

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