So You Are Laid Off…Now What?
So You Are Laid Off…Now What?
As we enter the second month of physical distancing from COVID-19 it is clear this pandemic will be around for a while. You may have recently been laid off from your position and are feeling overwhelmed at the thought of finding a new job. Questions you may be asking yourself are what I do now, what are my next steps, how can I find another job and how long will it take.
The good news is you are not alone, this may be an opportunity for you to reassess your situation and explore other options for your career. So where do you start?
- First, re-group, take care of your mental health and seek help if you need it. Getting laid off can not only be stressful it can lead to anxiety and depression which can have severe effects in your life. Take a break between jobs if you can. If that’s not possible talk to someone about what you have been experiencing. Developing coping strategies and engaging in self-care can help you through this difficult time. For resources on mental health here’s an article on What To Do If You Can’t Afford Therapy. And of course call or text Crisis Services Canada at 1.833.456.4566 | Text 45645 if you are having suicidal ideation or thoughts.
- Next, assess your current skill sets and upgrade where there are gaps. Craft a list of your strengths, recent projects you may have undertaken and leverage your colleagues to ask what they perceive are your strengths. You can also take a strengths-based assessment online or through a professional to get a better understanding of your assets. Once you have a better idea of your strengths, assess the areas where you would like to further develop, perhaps it’s a niche area in your field or new skill sets for an industry you would like to get into. You can invest in formal education through the colleges or universities or through organizations that offer micro-credentialing (eg. LinkedIn, Coursera, Udemy etc). Maximize the time you may have now to build your skills. Don’t forget to update your resume and find opportunities to practice your skills.
- Explore the current landscape. With COVID-19 here it has caused vast disruption to many industries. Find out what’s happening in your field and how you can be an asset. If you are looking to explore other fields research how this disruption has affected the field and the skill sets you need to be valuable to employers. Set-up information interviews to talk to people in the industry and ask for advice on steps you can take to move forward.
- Tap into your network and ask for help. As the old saying goes it’s not what you know it’s who you know. Get reacquainted with your network and develop a strategy to meet new people in the industry you would like to get into. Don’t be afraid to ask for help especially if you would like to get introduced to a target contact. Attend virtual events and ask insightful questions. This will help you find out what is happening in your industry and will increase your chances of finding new opportunities.
- Maximize your job search options by using a variety of platforms to look for opportunities. Make a list of target companies, head to their website and look for roles they may be hiring. Use social media as a tool to see if any recruiters, hiring managers or HR personnel are hiring for any new roles. Alert those in your network that you are looking for work and stay connected. Look for opportunities that are posted through your network.
Below is a list of company’s that are hiring:
- Walmart Canada
- Amazon Canada.
- Pepsico Beverages Canada
- Save-On-Foods, Loblaws, Spud.ca
- Umano Medical
- Kids Help Phone
- Altus Assessments
- Checkout 51
- Fiix Software
- Form Hero
- Golden Ventures Portfolio Companies
- The Knowledge Society
Lastly, Register for free provincially funded employment and training programs to work with professionals who will help you with your job search and assess your eligibility for training programs.
Jodi Tingling is a career strategist and licensed social worker focused on coaching, motivating, and guiding others in their career trajectories.