10 things to do if you have just lost your job

I just saw this posting by Ellen Dorle of Forbes.com

In the article, she lists the 10 things to do if you have just lost your job.

A quick summary:

  1. Contact a career coach.
  2. Network in unlikely places.
  3. Evaluate your financial planner.
  4. Sharpen your saw.
  5. Join Toastmasters.
  6. Keep current with your health insurance.
  7. See a psychologist.
  8. Get out of the house and look ready to be hired.
  9. Exercise.
  10. Web sites to visit:
    • http://www.doleta.gov/jobseekers/ Employment and Training Administration (ETA) programs, resources and online tools help workers in all stages of the job and career development.
    • http://www.careeronestop.org/ This portal site provides a suite of tools for people to use at any stage in their career. They also have a tool to compare skills/education/salary to current occupational opportunities here.

Having gone through a period of under-employment and unemployment from February 2010 to March 2011, I can honestly say several of these are good points.

I started attending Toastmasters meetings in January 2010 and joined in February.  This accomplished:

  • networking in unlikely places (how many architects do you know who like to speak in public?),
  • getting out of the house,
  • meeting career advisors (thank you Amy Nakos, Judi LaPoint, Rich Hopkins, Tom Hobbs and all my other Toastmasters who inspire me to push myself to be better),
  • exercising (okay, this may be stretching it a bit, but Travis Usinger did make us exercise during his speech on Tuesday),
  • and overall keeping me sane while building new leadership, communication, business and social media skills.

Your local Workforce centers are a good resource if you are considering training in new fields.  They have access to government grants for some fields.  They also have access to a variety of assessments to find alternative career paths.  If nothing else, the more populated areas have a career center in which employers hire through the Workforce.

Good luck in your job search!


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