In a job search, having a plan can increase your chance of success.
Job searching is stressful. And if you’re searching for a job after a layoff, it can feel even more overwhelming. Here are some tips to keep in mind as you conduct your job search:
Make a schedule. This can help you keep on task during the day. Take breaks to move around and re-energize. Set yourself specific “assignments” and when you’ve completed them, give yourself the evening off. Take a walk, talk with friends, get a good night’s sleep, take care of yourself so that you have the energy and positive attitude to keep looking.
Consider online training. If you have time, taking an online course could boost your qualifications. One strategy to narrow in your options is to review job postings in your field to note the skills and qualifications they require. If you see gaps on your resume that could be beefed up to better fill out your skills, search for free online courses in those areas and prioritize them. Read more about training options.
Explore temporary work options. In today’s extraordinary economy and job market, many employers are thinking about hiring differently than in the past. Many need to be cautious and may be hiring more temporary instead of full-time employees (one bonus to this arrangement is that it gives you both time to test the waters). You can also consider part-time, contract, or gig work as a way to earn some income while you search for a full-time position.