3 Tips for Finding a Job After Being Laid Off

I was laid off from a job in a suffering industry. As many others before me in this economy, after the initial shock, anger and sorrow, I searched for a new job.

Here are three things that helped me land a new gig:

  1. Don’t limit your search to the same field. Parlay some of your current skills into a new career. I scanned job ads that put a high value on editing and communication abilities regardless of industry. Rather than limiting a search to industry, search for what you’re good at. I scored an interview with a company that investigates fires because they needed an editor.
  2. Learn new skills. Take a break from applying for jobs to teach yourself some new tricks. (Not those tricks; you’re not that desperate yet). I learned HTML/CSS, some Photoshop and other things to help me break into the marketing industry and possibly others, like graphic design. Which brings up another tip; try to learn transferable skills that qualify you for more jobs. I never thought I could learn HTML – too boring – but it’s a valuable skill to have for a variety of positions. Thankfully, there are entertaining ways to learn, and Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML even makes learning HTML interesting. Find a valuable skill, and don’t give up because it seems too hard or dull. See what’s out there for learning tools.
  3. Apply for a lot and don’t give up. 109. I added it up, and that’s how many jobs I applied for before I was hired as a Marketing Coordinator. And it’s what I taught myself while looking for other jobs that gave me the competitive edge needed to secure the position. Part of my job is building HTML emails, and I use HTML every day to build client ad pages on our websites. I also use Photoshop every day so it helped that I started learning the design program. If I’d lost hope, and had given up trying to better myself, I never would’ve secured a new job in a stable industry.

I hope this helps others who find themselves on the outs in their career and need to rebuild. I wish you the best for a happy and secure future.

Please share any encouraging stories of your own.

Tracy McCarthy is the founder of Content Newsroom, a website dedicated to helping you get more customers through the quality content that your website visitors deserve and Google demands. A journalist turned Internet marketer, Tracy uses her writing and editing skills to help B2B and B2C businesses succeed with content marketing. She has done work for Content Marketing Institute, SuccessWorks SEO Copywriting, Brookstone and more, and has contributed to Kapost, ISOOSI and other industry-leading blogs.

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