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:
- Contact a career coach.
- Network in unlikely places.
- Evaluate your financial planner.
- Sharpen your saw.
- Join Toastmasters.
- Keep current with your health insurance.
- See a psychologist.
- Get out of the house and look ready to be hired.
- 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!