A series on how to survive the pink slip.
So you have accepted the fact that, for whatever reason, you are the victim of a pink slip. You’ve now come to the realization that you have to move on to another job…
Well, let’s state the obvious—you will need a freshly updated resume. No matter which position you are interested in, you need a resume; I repeat….no matter what! It is very unlikely that you will get a job these days without a resume. If you’ve never had one, I highly recommend a resume class. This is a key component to get you started on the right foot, and you can find these classes at your nearest Workforce Solutions career office.
How will you land a job in today’s economy? Keep in mind that hiring managers want to know three things: how you can make them money, how you can save them money, and how versatile you are. Are you trainable? Are your skills transferable? If you can demonstrate, through past examples, that you are capable of accomplishing all three things, your chances of scoring an interview and landing the job are much higher.
Once you have a resume and are prepared to talk about your skills and experience, take several copies of your resume and visit employers, job fairs, and staffing agencies. Research different companies and complete online applications (you may save yourself time and gas).
A great way to maximize your job search is through career fairs. This is one of the easiest ways to get your foot in the door with the hiring manager and make a good impression right away. Employers will take advantage of career fairs to screen and interview many candidates in one sitting, and they are usually looking to fill multiple positions. In some cases, they interview you on the spot and you may hear whether or not you have been hired that same day.
Other than career fairs and online job searching, you can make the most of your time by meeting with a recruiter or employment counselor. The benefit of meeting with a specialist is that they are willing to work for you! It’s their job to find you a job, so be honest about what you are looking for; such as, job site location/travel, work duties, compensation, etc. Stop by your local Workforce Solutions career office and speak with an employment counselor to maximize your job search results or visit www.wrksolutions.com.
Stay tuned for more blogs on: “Surviving the Pink Slip”