Laid Off? Here’s How To Get A Job Now

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Life over the past year and a half has taken plenty of twists and turns. This fact definitely applies to the job market. Since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, many people have been laid off due to less work and closing businesses.

It can be hard to get back on your feet and find your next opportunity after being laid off. As such, Josephine’s Professional Staffing has come up with a few tips to help you land that next job after being laid off.

1).  Allocate Time To Your Job Search

According to this article from Indeed, you should, “treat your job search like a job.” This is one of the best tips for finding a new position after you’ve been laid off. The more time you spend on refreshing your resume, editing your cover letter and reaching out to potential employers, the more likely you are to find that next opportunity. It might seem obvious, but spend that time you would’ve spent at your previous job looking for your next one. 

2).  Update Your LinkedIn Profile

This tip is a crucial one for finding a job once you’ve been laid off. Along with refreshing your resume and cover letter template, don’t forget to update your LinkedIn profile, or make one if you haven’t already. If you were at your previous job for a while, then there’s a good chance your profile has remained untouched. A large number of employers are turning to platforms like LinkedIn exclusively when hiring, so it’s very important that everything looks put together on your profile. 

This article from The Muse suggests that you should do things like add keywords to your profile in order to show up in recruiter searches, ask for LinkedIn recommendations and try making “thought leadership” posts to your newsfeed to draw attention to your profile.  

3).  Try Something New

Finding inspiration after being laid off can be challenging. However, this could be a perfect time to try a career in a different industry. This might not always be possible due to finances or job requirements, but if you end up spotting an opportunity that you’ve always wanted, don’t be afraid to take the jump – even if it’s not what you’re used to. 

Being laid off can help you reassess your goals and priorities. Have you always wanted to switch things up? This could be your chance. Additionally, you may find that other industries have more job openings, making it easier for you to find a job after being laid off. 

You might feel defeated after being laid off but there’s no reason to! There are plenty of jobs out there waiting for you to apply. Let us help you find that next opportunity!
Want to learn more job search tips and industry news to help you grow your career? Visit the Josephine’s Professional Staffing blog for a variety of posts on the topic.

How-To Networking Guide: 3 Helpful Tips for Job Seekers

Active job seekers know the value of networking. It is a great way to meet other professionals in your industry and make connections that last for years to come. As important as networking is for job seekers, making these types of connections can often times be intimidating.

Whether you have a couple of connections already, or are just starting out, here are our top three networking tips to help you get exposure in the job market. 

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How to Craft an Effective Cover Letter

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A cover letter is just as important as a resume for a job application; it gives job seekers a format to showcase to potential employers the reasons they are the best candidate for the job.

Writing a cover letter is challenging, and before you begin you’ll want to understand the dynamics of the company, the challenges and trends they might be facing, and how your knowledge and skills as an employee will bring value and enthusiasm to the position.

To get you started, let’s go through the entire document and review the beginning, middle and end of an effective cover letter.

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The Benefit of Non-Traditional Interview Questions

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If you’re someone who is regularly put in charge of interviewing potential candidates for a position – no matter the industry – the applicants can start to blend together after a while. And if you’re an individual who has been through the interview process frequently, chances are you’re honing in on the key words and phrases that will get you through the first round.

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How to Write a Professional Email

How to write a professional email

For many industries and companies, email is one of the most common forms of communication, whether it’s used for a quick response or a longer detailed message.

Since this method of communication is used often, there is a lot of room for error, which can negatively impact yourself and your business.

Here are a few tips to remember when writing and sending emails that could save you a lot of grief.

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