Week 1: The grieving process. Basically, if you can get out of bed every day you're doing good! Establish a new routine, eat healthy, exercise, and if...moreWeek 1: The grieving process. Basically, if you can get out of bed every day you're doing good! Establish a new routine, eat healthy, exercise, and if you find you need it, ask for help from your EAP, a church group, friends - whatever resources are available to you. BTW, go apply for unemployment if you haven't already. This author specifically warns against scheduling any job interviews for this week, when you will probably still be reeling from becoming unemployed and may not be as confident in an interview as you would like.
Week 2: Deal with financial realities. Is there anything you've been meaning to sell, like an extra car? Can you have a yard sale? Check on the status of your 401(k) or any similar plans. Calculate the money you have coming in. Calculate expenses and what can be reduced. If you won't have enough cash coming in no matter how much you reduce expenses, make a list of potential cash sources. You may never need to access any of those options, but putting them down on paper may make you feel more in control of your situation. Finally, make a budget.
Week 3: Find yourself. No, don't take a quick trip back to 1968. List your strengths and weaknesses, and those things that make you really excited. Do some of the numerous work and personality assessments available online. If you still can't decide what you want to do, ask for help, maybe from a professional career counselor. Once you have a career goal in mind, ask yourself if you are ready and able to talk about being laid off in a way that makes a good impression. If you are still very angry or hurt by the layoff, it will show, so don't rush yourself if you're not ready. Consider volunteering, which will keep you active and could help you make invaluable networking connections. (Reviewer's note: I may not be ready, but what if my bank account is? Do I have the luxury of time, really?)
Weeks 4-8: The job search. Find a quiet, organized place to work, and plan to work about four hours a day. Set up a schedule for your search, so that you can get back into a daily routine. Remember today's world of electronic job searches is different; use keywords in your resume, and forget the need to print out dozens of copies. Many times, your resume will never be seen by human eyes unless a computer program finds the right words when scanning it. Some of the old rules about writing resumes can be thrown out: Give yourself two pages instead of just one, show only the work history that is relevant to the position you are pursuing, and leave out the tired old "references available upon request" line. You can also tailor your resume to each position you apply for. (You will want a printed copy or five to take to a job interview, so everyone has a nicely formatted version to look at.) Make sure to save your resume as both a Word file and a .txt (or plain text) file, to make it easier to upload or cut and paste. One final reminder: A job search is a marathon, not a 5k. Stay focused, and try for a slow and steady pace.
The rest is more or less standard job search advice, although it does go on to consider becoming an independent contractor or businessperson.(less)