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Founder and Editor-at-Large, Recruitthebest.org

How To Search For A Job When You Have Just Lost Your Job

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It is challenging to find a job when you have just lost the one you had before. It can be depressing. It is painful when you just lost your job, but it can be a blessing in disguise.

The past is gone. You need to move on; you need to do what you have been doing, which is working.

To get back on track, here are some strategies that will help you get back on track:

Surround yourself with positive people.

When you’ve just lost your job and you are looking for another one is not the time to surround yourself with negative people. It is not the time to surround yourself with pessimists. This is the time you need people who will tell you where the jobs are. You don’t need people who will tell you that there are no jobs out there. No, you don’t need them.

No matter what, don’t give up.

When you are searching for a new job, you need to be patient. This is not the time to isolate yourself from the rest of us; it is the time to expand your job search to other areas you haven’t tried before. As Winston Churchill once said, “Never, never, give up.”

Commit yourself to finding a new job.

Searching for a new job is not a part-time job, it is a full-time job. If you want the job, you must commit yourself and your resources to it. You must do something everyday that will draw you closer to finding a new position.

Write down 10 things you love to do.

As you search for a new position, you can use this opportunity to write down a list of things you love to do. Why? You can turn your hobby into a second career. You can turn your hobby into something that will give you the financial freedom you have been waiting for. If you don’t try, you will never know whether it will work or not. This is the time to do what you have always wanted to do. Read the books you have always wanted to read. Take the course that you have always wanted to take. Learn the things you have always wanted to learn.

Rewrite your resume.

You need to rewrite your resume to add the new things you have learned from your job, and the training you have attended in the past. They are relevant now. Make sure that your new resume is appropriate for the job for which you are applying.

Reorganize your contact list.

This is the time to relearn how to network. It is the time to reach out to people you know who can help you get a job. Don’t waste your time reaching out to people who cannot do anything to help you change your situation. You need to recreate or maintain your existing social media accounts. If you have posted terrible things on your social media before, it is the time to clean up your mess. If not, you will regret not doing it.

Start your own business.

If you have been longing to start your own business, believe it or not, this is the time for you to start it. But before you start, assess yourself.

Recruiting The Best Is…

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Recruiting the best to join your company is a tedious work. Traditionally, recruiting the best is locating them, recruiting them, selecting them, and hiring them. But today, it is more than that.

In today’s recruiting world, if you want to recruit the best to join your company, you must be the best. The best candidates are looking for the best companies to work for. Great people want to be part of a great company. They don’t want to be part of anything less than who they are. If you want to hire the best, you must:

Have the right job for them.

“Millennial view work as a key part of life, not a separate activity that needs to be balanced of it. For that reason, they place a strong emphasis on finding work that’s personally fulfilling. They want work to afford them the opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills, and connect to a larger purpose.”- Jeannie Meister, author

Teach them about the job before they are hired.

“If people don’t keep learning, improving, knowing what the next issues are and continuing to be educated, they are going to fall behind.”- Rosabeth Moss, HBS professor

“I have no special gift. I am only passionately curious.”- Albert Einstein

Not lie to them. You must be honest.

The best are not going to stay with you if you are not a honest person. When they find out that you lied to them during the interview process, they will leave your company. So if you want to keep them in your company, you must not lie to them. Be honest. Tell them the truth. Peter Drucker said, ” Organization are no longer built on force. They are increasingly built on trust … This presupposes that people understand one another. Taking relationship responsibility is therefore an absolute necessity. It is a duty.”

Give them variety.

“People are looking for the opportunity to have a variety in their work and to tackle challenging assignments.”- Jeffrey Pfeffer, Standford Business School Professor

Give them challenging jobs

When you give people challenging assignments, you are stretching their minds. People want to be stretched. As Carol Dweck, Standford University psychology professor, writes, “The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially ) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset”

Give them opportunities to contribute.

“When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.”- Eleanor Roosevelt

“You are the happiest while you’re making the greatest contribution.”- Robert F. Kennedy

Finally, to recruit the best, you must be the best.