As you can see from the Forbes Layoff Tracker, the media company has created a widget to track unemployment data at America's 500 largest companies.
I wish we had a similar widget that showed how many unemployed people landed jobs. Do you know of one?I thought it would be helpful to start documenting lessons learned from the few that are having job search success. A friend of mine laid-off on the same day as I in January recently rejoined the work force. He had some good points to share and I talked to three other people last week who also found jobs and asked them, "What do you feel made a difference in your search - any lessons learned you can share?"
Here's a summary:
- Take time to really understand what types of work (the job content, types of people, work environment, organization culture) you enjoy and have great passion for - The job interviewer was impressed on how passionate I was for the position and said it was a differentiating element in their decision.
- Avoid shell shock - layoffs seldom come out of the blue - look for the signs and start your job search immediately.
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- Three key things for me - Network, Network, Network. Reinforce your network early (prior to layoff) good source for recommendations and reference, expand your network quickly join a new online group, find communities of professionals who share a common experience, passion, interest, affiliation or goal. The only interviews I had were with people / companies within my network.
- If a target company is sponsoring an local event - connect with them, schedule time to speak to leaders tell them of your interest in their company - Good leaders understand the labor market uncertainties and most will take time to speak with you.
- In everything you do - Be positive. You may hate that the recruiter didn't call you back or you received a sorry-but note that day - be positive it is as contagious as being a pessimist. Recruiter mentioned positive attitude as a hiring factor.
- Take full advantage of any available transition services, even if only to get ideas on your job search strategy and compare notes
- Pare your spending back so you feel you have at least a little time to search and can avoid hitting the panic button
- Be an advocate to others who are also transitioning -- building good karma can only help and you may need to rely on others in the future