Computerworld - The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 2.6 million jobs were lost in 2008, with 524,000 axed in December alone. And it isn't projected to be any better in 2009. People who invested years of hard work, loyalty and dedication have been shown the door. Now they're left wondering what their futures hold, not to mention their retirement plans.
But while some will react like deer in the headlights to being laid off, smart job seekers will get tough. They'll brush up their resumes, hit the job boards, work their social networks and polish their interview skills. I've put together five tips to help the jobless remain calm, collected and focused on finding the next opportunity.
Make finding a job your full-time job
Right now, you might not be employed, but you do have a job. Your job is to find a new one. Don't consider a layoff your time off.
I've spoken to many people who feel they have enough savings to live off of for a month or two before they throw themselves back in the market. But if you let yourself slip into the "break" mentality, you seriously risk losing your edge. And when you do decide to actively pursue a job, it'll be harder to get back into the swing of things.
By immediately pursuing a new position, you'll be much more prepared when the right opportunity comes along. Your readiness will show in your interviews — from the way you present your resume to the way you conduct yourself while under scrutiny, as well as your ability to negotiate.
Keep your spirits up
Being laid off in today's economy could send any level-headed person into a panic. That's why it's important to keep your priorities in check. Keeping your spirits high keeps you motivated to get back out there with the gusto you'll need.
And professionally speaking, your layoff could be a blessing in disguise. Did you feel stifled or bored at your last job? Were company politics dragging you down? Well, then, maybe now's the time to finally find your true calling. Take advantage of this time for self-discovery.
Find a job or position that challenges you in new and exciting ways. Look at different elements of what you already know. For example, a recently laid-off project manager might realize that he prefers hands-on experience to management and find a new career in a more technical position.
- The New IT Explore enhanced productivity for IT staff, and seamless integration across IT operation management systems. Download now.
- Capabilities You Need in an IP Address Management Solution A mismanaged IP space can cripple an otherwise healthy network. Take a moment to understand what you need in an enterprise-ready IPAM solution.
- IPv6 Fundamentals IPv6 is needed to sustain the growth of the Internet. The transition from IPv4 will require planning and likely some degree of support...
- Optimize IT Performance & Availability: Four Steps to Establish Effective IT Management Baselines More than ever before, your company's ability to grow hinges on IT performance and availability. Download this how-to report on establishing IT baselines,...
- Bringing software licenses into compliance A hospital group received a software license audit, so they called in CDW to help define and manage their software licensing status.
- Maximizing Availability for the Modern Data Center Check out this information-packed resource center for help in maximizing the availability of your data center - from overcoming challenges to choosing the... All IT Careers White Papers | Webcasts
Our 28th annual survey results show which IT skills are in high demand and which are cooling off. Also, see how your salary stacks up to peers' with our Smart Salary Tool.