Just lost a job - what do you tell people?
Just lost a job – what do you tell people?
If you've recently been laid off or lost a job, you may feel a whole range of emotions; anger, grief and, sometimes, just relief that a difficult situation has now been resolved.
You need to give yourself time to deal with your emotions. But at same time you need to make sure that nothing you say now, as a result of those emotions, damages your future opportunities.
As soon as you feel able you need to start work on what will be your “pitch”. You need to think how, in just a couple of minutes you can explain your current situation, what you are looking for and what you have to offer.
First, resist the temptation to spend a lot of time rationalising what just happened to you. And, though speaking against your previous employer might help you vent, avoid it . It often rebounds and can make potential future employers wary. If you have been made redundant or laid off in the present climate that requires very little explanation. Instead, focus on the future and the value that you are going to bring to it.
A few words summarising your experience is useful and then your current skills. Follow up with where you would like to go from here.
You need to work on having a clear focus for your job search while staying flexible and open to possibilities
Then, what is it about you that is special? What could mark you out in the crowd for an employer? This is where it really does help to talk things through with a coach. Can you provide some clear examples of how you have used your special talents to solve problems in the past.
Spend a little time thinking about how your skills might transfer to other sectors – again it helps to work with a coach.
Start practising your “elevator” pitch with close friends and family. Then when you feel a little more confident, widen the net to others who might know of possible work.
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