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Hours Cut? Laid Off? Treat Your Job Search as Your New Job

CATEGORY: Find the Right Job
POSTED: January 14, 2013 at 8:58 am

by Shawn P, ResumeEdge certified writer –

Sometime in late December you made plans for the following year. Maybe you wrote them down, and maybe you didn’t. Maybe personal areas were your primary concern. You likely had goals you wanted to achieve—objectives for your career and your future. Now your hours at work have been cut, there are rumors of layoffs, or even worse, you have already been laid off. The opportunity for “maybes” is suddenly behind you. Now it’s job search time.

Realize Your Reality

A company that will lay you off or cut your hours either does not value you or is in a tailspin, and floundering companies don’t recover easily. Plus, the company’s ultimate loyalty is to keeping its doors open, so if you are out of a job or fear that you may be soon, it’s up to you to take action to make positive results happen.

Remember, this is not just your career we’re talking about—it’s your life. So, choose a positive attitude that views your current setbacks as an opportunity to look for the right career path (not just a new position), and get to work.


Gather an Arsenal of Effective Tools

Make certain you have all the tools you need for a new job search: resumes, cover letters, references, interviewing strategies, social media/LinkedIn profile®, and networking lists.

Start by taking a focused, critical look at your resume. It’s essential that your resume include quantified accomplishments and results-focused (not task-focused) demonstrations of your experience so it can set you apart at a glance from other applicants. If you aren’t sure how to do these things, consider working with a professional resume writer. At ResumeEdge, our certified writers excel in 40+ industries. They know that your resume should begin with a stellar qualifications summary that paints you as the ideal candidate for the position.

Commit to Reaching Your Goal

Make a commitment to wake up earlier than you did when you had a job. Focus on your employment search as if it’s a project for your previous or current company’s CEO. Make it the most important task you have ever been asked to handle professionally.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Turn off your mobile phone or switch it to silent while you search and apply for jobs.
  • Find a place in your home where you can work alone, without any distractions.
  • Remove all clutter from your desk environment to assist you in working efficiently.
  • Set a goal of applying for a certain number of jobs per day or per week. You choose the number—then honor it.

If you arm yourself with the right tools and commit to spending time and energy on finding the right new position, your next career move will be the success you want it to be.


Shawn P.

Shawn is an expert resume writer with over 20 years of experience in professional recruitment, staffing, marketing, advertising and communications. He authors dozens of executive level resumes each year.

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