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Stacey Champagne
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Let everyone and anyone know that you're looking. You'd be surprised who has connections with who! Really get involved on Linkedin. For every "request" post that you make, be sure to "give" insight and advice or share other people's content. Use hashtags for the communities that relate to your posts and where you want to be seen. When you get overwhelmed, return to habits. Instead of shutting down completely, commit to applying to 3 jobs a day, or another activity that will help you grow your network and find/attract opportunities. Then, when that's completed each day, take a break. It's so important to rest and be kind to yourself so you can show up positively when you need to for those job interviews!
Elizabeth Stiles West
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So sorry that you are going through this. It happened to me at a horrible time; I was recently divorced and raising two teen daughters on my own when my position was eliminated. The first thing I did was to see what help I might qualify for. I signed up for unemployment. I also let my Facebook friends know what happened, reviewed my skills and experience, and contacted numerous employers. One of my Facebook friends helped me to get a part-time job at a nonprofit and some others helped me to get some adjunct teaching positions. It was a difficult juggling act because at one point, I was working at four part-time jobs while one of my daughters was going through a major teen rebellious phase. However, I kept applying to jobs, going to interviews, and finally nine months after the job loss, I was offered a full-time job. If you haven't already, definitely reach out to friends, see what aid you may qualify for, and apply to jobs that you are qualified for or even possibly may be qualified for. The idea of starting with a temporary agency is a good one; you will at least get work to pay the bills and may find a permanent opportunity. Life will eventually get better; sometimes we hit some major bumps in the road, but it eventually smooths out again. Best wishes!
Angela
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Sorry for your job loss, it's never easy and now is even more challenging with so many unemployed to compete with. Have you try using a recruiting company or employment agency? I am applying jobs on my own and working with a few recruiters as well, they would notify me if they have roles that is a good match with my skills and experience. And if you are open to temp to hire positions, some times that is an easier way to get your foot in the door. I am keeping all options open from contract, temp to hire and permanent roles. Best of luck with your job search! Sending you lots of positivity along the way =)
Cinzia Iacovelli
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Sending you a big hug! I'm sorry for your job loss, try to stay positive, you are not alone and I totally understand how you feel <3
Rosa Goes
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I too am sorry for your job loss. There is already great advice from what others have posted. The good news: 1. You were with that employer for 10 years, which shows stability & loyalty. 2. Continue looking, I know it's tough right now with Covid, but don't let that stop you. 3. Talk to people and/or other co-workers about opportunities. 4. Looking for a job is a full-time job, so you may find yourself exhausted at times. That's ok, remind yourself your on the right track. 5. Most importantly, join a support group (from church or women's group, etc.) for your well-being. You are not alone! 6. Try and do a gratitude list everyday: write down 10 things you are grateful for. This has personally helped me stay focused on what's true.
Christen Westcott
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I am so sorry to hear that you are going through a season of challenges. Rejection is redirection. Remind yourself of times where you felt helpless or at an impasse - you got through it and you're on the other side of a different set of struggles right now!! You'll be on the other side of this, too.
Lesa Edwards
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Anonymous, Thank you so much for your question and your vulnerability. I want to give two pieces of advice: 1. Your thoughts drive every result in your life and the way you experience life. Working on your mindset around your job search is an incredibly worthwhile use of your time and energy and will make all the difference. I just put out a podcase episode on mind drama around the job search this week that I highly recommend: https://www.exclusivecareercoaching.com/posts/2020-11-18-154-5-ways-mind-drama-can-creep-into-your-job-search-with-jane-springer/ 2. If all you are doing is looking at job boards, you can reasonably expect a very long, frustrating job search. Networking has never been more important than it is in 2020/2021. In my lengthy experience as a career coach, however, I find that very few people actually know how to network effectively.
Kelli
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Sending a HUGE hug to you! 2 things: 1. You will ABSOLUTELY get through this and end up better for it (get ready to grow)! 2. Your mindset is critical right now...allow yourself to feel what you're feeling and then let it go. 3. This is an opportunity...start to imagine all the possibilities this opens up rather than what's you've lost. Hope this helps! Happy to connect off line if it would be helpful.
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I am so sorry you are going through this. You are not alone. I was also laid off after many years, am a parent with a newborn, and encourage you to utilize your networks to their fullest extent. After countless applications, it's sad to see that the only applications that led to interviews were those companies where I had connections or, even better, was introduced to the hiring manager by a mutual connection. Optimize your time, especially with a little one, by making a plan and chipping away at progress each day. Every conversation counts. I'm not sure I can say every application counts!
Sharonda Bacon
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I'm so sorry you having to go through this but my advice would be to utilize networks and if you don't have any then reach out to a staffing agency with very clear expectations of what kind of work your looking for and ensure your resume and cover letter represents you in a professional manner. Staffing Agencies help all the time and many have temp to hire positions. That's the fastest track to employment if you've been applying with no feedback, here in Ga we call that the loophole approach into the company. Hope this helps. Many blessings to you and continue to be safe & healthy. Regards, Sharonda
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Anonymous
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Thank you so much For your kind words and advice
Sharonda Bacon
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Your most welcome. We must continue to encourage each other and help when we can.