Retrenched? This is what you should do
Get every benefit
If the company offered a health plan, use it while you still can. If your boss offers a letter of referral, get it right away.
Cut back on your expenses when retrenched
Cut back financially as far as possible, to reduce stress while you search for a new job.
Know the crisis point
Don’t take the first job that comes along if you don’t absolutely have to, but don’t take a loan to extend the crisis point. This will just make the situation worse and put you in debt.
Update your CV
Polish your CV while you have time. An improved CV will increase your chances of finding a job.
Know what job you want
Assess the likes and dislikes of your previous job. If you don’t have to take the first job on offer, figure out which job and responsibilities will suit you best.
Register on job seeking websites
Don’t panic. Register your updated CV on job sites and have relevant jobs sent to you.
Stay motivated during the job hunt
Though job hunting is challenging, it’s important to remember that nothing is impossible. Start practicing ways to stay motivated. Never stop your job search.
Set up a timetable
Allocate an hour or three to job hunting, but don’t let it take over your entire day. Stick to this time table. Do something constructive with your spare time, such as volunteering or upgrading your skills.
After applying, don’t dwell on the outcome too much. Follow up after a week. If the application was unsuccessful, ask for constructive criticism. Fine tune your CV and cover letter.
Control your stress levels
Manage your job search stress levels. Participate in pleasurable activities. Exercise, eating healthy, learn something new or chat to a friend to relieve stress levels.
Don’t take Rejection personal
There are candidates who are better than you. Rejection is not personal, don’t let it get you down.
A positive attitude and hard work will get you through this tough time!
This article originally posted on http://www.dial-direct.co.za and reposted here with permission.