Skip to Content Skip over navigation
Balloon Help
Print  |   Email This Page  |   FAQs  |   Rate This Page   |   A A A A
Topics A to Z    
Go
Translate:
For help using CareerOneStop
email or call:
1-877-348-0502 or
TTY 1-877-348-0501

Job loss—whether it’s sudden or expected—is one of life’s most traumatic events. 

Take time to recognize your loss. At the same time, start with the actions below to help find a new job:

  1. Network early. As soon as you anticipate a layoff, ramp up your efforts. Having an active network will really pay off during and after a job loss. Tell everyone about your situation and ask for advice and referrals. Schedule informational interviews .
  2. Assess yourself and any potential career change – make sure you really know what your transferable skills are and which ones you really want (and don’t want) to use in the next job.
  3. Locate your local American Job Center to find out what kinds of services you may be eligible for.
  4. Update your resume. As you work, think about past accomplishments, work tasks you enjoyed and those you’d like to avoid in a next job. Collect materials to update your portfolio as well.
  5. Dive into your job search.

Career Resource Library

Department of Labor CareerOneStop is sponsored by the U. S. Department of Labor,
Employment and Training Administration