Finding a job - Survival guide

The best thing is to remember that you are not alone if you lost your job. Companies everywhere are cutting jobs, moving operations, restructuring and closing their doors. In the recent economic events, this has become normal. However there is the chance that this layoff can turn out to be an opportunity into a new career. Here is some steps on handling that layoff.

Check your benefits

Be prepared ahead of time. If you that the pink slip is coming it's time to start researching your companies 'benefits for terminated employees' are. But, say you are already laid off,.. contact the Human Resources department there and request the information of those benefits. What to ask for included the following:

  • Severance pay - these packages are negotiable. There is nothing to lose by asking for more that if offered to you.
  • Accrued vacation, over time and sick pay - you might get these credited towards you
  • Pension benefits.
  • Heath and life insurance continuance - if your former company employee more than 20 people, it is mandated by law to offer health insurance coverage to terminated employees for 18 months. Check out CORBA.
  • Job search assistance and outplacement resources.

Assess your goals

It's time to adjust your thinking from dwelling on the past, grieving now and start looking for that new job. Now is the time to reassess your career goals and shape up that resume. Many job seekers have turned termination into their favor and it has opened more satisfying and better paying jobs.

Your next steps should include going to the unemployment office, career planning advice, resumes and those over letters. Networking and looking up job listings.

Let's start with the idea unemployment and what you'll need to apply for it.

Next you can decide if you would want to consider freelancing. This is where you take on some side projects in a given field - some of which can be found on craigslist.

Job Search Action Plan.

The first step in finding a job is to write a resume or prepare to complete a job application. Depending on the type of job you are searching for, you will need a resume, CV (curriculum vitae) and a cover letter or you will need to complete an application for employment.