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Got laid off? Part 1
2011-02-01

I have made a habit of coaching friends who just got laid off to help them get a job. So let's see what you can do to recover quickly in a similar situation.

Sign Of The Times

Get legal

If you're a german resident, for example, you'll have to contact your local employment agency to inform them about your new status. Be quick! You may be penalized if you miss the date (e.g. diminution of unemployment pay).

Get up

You're at the beginning of a new career: it's called job-seeking and it's full time. Getting up every weekday at 8 o'clock seems fair. Convince yourself you won't be able to think smart while talking on the phone when you just got up. Imagine your boss-to-be on the line, begging for an interview, and you just sound sleepy, desperately trying to wake up your dreamy brain. That's not how you want to be perceived.
Apart from that, you've got plenty of things to do. Start early enough.

Get dressed

I mean it. Every weekday. Get out of your night/slacking clothes and choose day clothes without holes, loose threads, or stains. You won't show up for an interview in your favorite worn-out sweatsuit. And this interview could take place sooner than you think. Maybe today, maybe even in 2 hours!
I assume I also don't have to go over the benefits of an established washing routine, right?

Get pretty

During the last months or years, you may have selected pieces from your wardrobe while thinking "Come on, it's only for the workplace, it'll do". Well, now it's time to dare using "the good ones". And while we're at it: Do "the good ones" still fit? (Hint: Probably not. Second hint: If they fit, they're out of fashion.)
Nice clothes for interviews are a very good investment. You will also need them for your new profile picture.

Be a model

You need one or more resume pictures of yourself, and they should be younger than a year. Depending on the field where you'd like to work, you can select an option from the professional photo taken by a photographer, to a good shot with an acceptable digital camera. Notice that the result is usually worth it and the professional pictures really look more... professional.

Now we've got some basics covered. We'll look at the paperwork in the second part of the serie. Stay tuned!


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