Everything about the job search process sucks! From being laid off through no fault of your own to being told you won’t be hired because you’ve been out of work for more than a year. If you are one of the lucky one who hasn’t been downsized, let me educate you.
First comes the meeting where you’re notified that you no longer have a job. Next, you’re giving a cardboard box and asked to pack up your belongings. Then you’re escorted to the front door of your former company where you may be frisked to make sure you haven’t stolen anything. Then you drive home practicing how you’re going to announce to your family that you don’t have a job.
Then the panic starts! You hadn’t planned for unemployment so your resume is outdated, your network is non-existent and you don’t know where to start. You discover that you have no routine in your day because the structure that you’ve lived with for many years came from your job…. so did your friends…. so did your social life…. so did your sanity. In a spit second, all you know is gone and you’re an outsider looking in. All of a sudden, it’s like you have cooties and no one wants anything to do with you.
I’ve worked with job seekers for the last ten years. They are the bravest people I know. They are talented, flexible, humble and very smart. They love their families. They pay their taxes. They volunteer and contribute to the community. And, they need our help. You may not have a job, but you have contacts and ideas you can share. You have a few minutes to offer support. We can all help each other and we owe to ourselves to help in any way we can. Because the next person to be laid off could be you!