Layoffs continue to make the headlines, with 40,000+ individuals being laid off the week of January 15th, 2023. In this time of uncertainty, it is wise to take a proactive approach. This post will provide a guide on the steps to take —how to use social media and other resources to find your next role, share that you are looking for your next role, and build your network. Read on to learn more about how you can be prepared for any potential layoffs in the future.
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Many professionals believe having an up-to-date resume + LinkedIn profile is the first step in preparing for layoff, but if you’re dissatisfied in your current role and are unsure of what you want your next step to be in your career, you won’t be able to align your skills + experiences + accomplishments with your next employers needs—perpetuating your dissatisfaction.
- 30% of people surveyed by Jobvite who had started a new job in 2022 left the new post within 90 days. The first step is to define your ideal job and then create a target list of companies you’d like to work for.
- Consider job titles and responsibilities you are interested in. Whether you was to work independently or as part of a team. Who you would report to. Company size + structure. Industry. Culture.
- Once you have identified the direction you want to go, the second step is to update your resume + LinkedIn profile.
Social Media Can Help Expedite Your Search
When it comes to your job search, social media is an invaluable tool that can help you find your next role. It allows you to connect with people who have similar interests or skillsets and opens up opportunities to network with recruiters and/or potential employers.
Additionally, many companies are now posting job openings on social media sites such as LinkedIn and Twitter. Utilizing these platforms will give you to access to job postings that may not be advertised elsewhere.
When creating / updating your profile make sure it is professional and highlights your skills and experience. Joining groups can help you find leads on open positions and using hashtags like #jobsearch or #opentowork when posting about your job search can help employers quickly identify those looking for work.
Build Your Network
Having a strong network of contacts is essential when preparing for possible layoffs and a job search. Make sure you take the time necessary to attend networking events where you can meet people in similar roles or industries that could potentially refer you if they hear of an opportunity opening up within their own companies or elsewhere.
Additionally, reach out directly via email or social media platforms such as LinkedIn and introduce yourself if there are any specific people within an organization that you think could advice on where best to apply within their company structure. Having these contacts in place before any potential layoff situation arises can help make this process less stressful if it becomes necessary down the road!
No one wants to think about layoffs but being prepared is essential when it comes time should one occur at your organization or industry-wide due to economic conditions beyond anyone’s control. Utilizing social media platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter along with attending networking events are all great ways of establishing yourself as an available candidate should layoffs become inevitable – making sure that no matter what happens, you’ll always have options! We hope we have provided some valuable insight into preparing yourself if faced with a potential layoff situation in 2023!
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