Find a new job … getting fired is the WORST position to have in your life. But the good thing is that you can see it as an opportunity to start a new place.
Nowadays, you need to jump the wagon often, you can’t stay in a single place too long. Because it’s no longer a secure way to build a career in one place. It’s the only way! To day you can only advance so much inside the same organisation. So to climb the stairs you need to jump ships rather often.
Here is what I’d do & have done to find a job fast!
- Get a pen & paper out & have your laptop & phone to hand.
- Now look through all the jobs boards local/near you & drill down to roles you have experience in or are qualified to do. Be it they permanent contracts or temporary ongoing contracts.
- Normally the employer specifies on the jobs board that you send a CV or written application. I usually (9 times out 10) skip this & try to pinpoint the direct name/number of the person I feel is the decision maker over the role posted. I seek them out in an effort to speak to them about the role/hours/pay/nature of work/location & then my experience/availability to get this traction etc etc.
I try to skip simply sending the resume as that is just one of many they have …so by speaking to them directly, they will know & recall you. And sometimes on the fly they will ask have you got qualification/experience in so & so & can you start on XYZ…..if you can answer that right off the bat, you literally walked into the job.
Between simply sending a CV & waiting upon it & speaking to someone directly who is responsible for posting the position, a direct engagement more often than not yields a more immediate & direct response.
I have usually hit bulls eye many times doing this. I have even got handed jobs literally the next day like this (assuming I could attend ‘today’ & fill out all the required paperwork & have a quick ‘chat’ in person).
The reason you have a pen & paper is so you can make a quick record of who you’ve called/what about & all that as you can expect to be phoning up 20-50+ people if not more if need be in a day. It helps to keep track on where you are at with things with each person.
From this, assuming all is well, things usually come back to you. Some on the very day & as early as within the 20 minutes or so (as has happened to me in the past).
No games here. You need to be working 8-10 hour per day on getting a new job!
I have in the past month had to turn down 6 or 7 jobs (even today right now! & another one yesterday & another 2 last week) as things come back to you. In many of these cases these folks are seeing ‘on the off chance’ I am free even though a few of them already know that I am already employed elsewhere…lol… They end up wanting you because they know you are reliable & can do the work & not let them down blah blah blah….
I keep it safe with them & build the connection/relationship in case I need them down the line for something. So in future, I would literally be a phone call away from a job as they give you priority/ look out for you since you have that connection with them. It is not a contrived connection, you get to know some of them in a personal capacity.
I often find they are a lot more frank & upfront about things. You can learn a lot from them. Like today literally in the past hour, the guy I turned down was telling me about a ‘master vendor programme’ they as an employer/contractor apply for (which I had no idea about…) & then post out on the jobsboard for & the kind of money they themselves get & so on….again, normally you would not normally know this unless you had that connection with them…this kind of communications is all usually kept ‘confidential’ / ‘sensitive’/ ‘need to know’ basis communications that I end up being looped into.
Good office environment
If you in a tough time, I would is definitely sign up to the state aid if you have to. It is nothing to be embarrassed about. It is there for a reason. You’ve paid your taxes for it, & so ought to be able to use that option in your time of need as a last resort if you had to.
But I’d use that as an emergency last resort option while all the above would be going on & 99% of the outcome you are looking out for is above. The 1% would be that state aid as an emergency cover, not end up being the main ‘go to’ thing to acquire & then sit it out on that as a long term support means.
Don’t allow yourself to wallow in self pity or frame things in a negative point of view. Just focus on the (job application) tasks you have to do to get this back on track. Follow the approach I’ve outlined until you get a job. Do it 5 days a week, contacting 50-60 employers a day if you had to.
More often than not, something will come back to you pretty quickly.
It might not seem like it right now to you but all will be alright in the end (so long as you commit to take the steps & actions mentioned above).
It will all be alright in the end. Trust me.
I found a nice tidbit of info I picked up from Nassim Taleb’s Antifragile, you may find it interesting:
“Some things benefit from shocks; they thrive and grow when exposed to volatility, randomness, disorder, and stressors and love adventure, risk, and uncertainty. Yet, in spite of the ubiquity of the phenomenon, there is no word for the exact opposite of fragile. Let us call it antifragile. Antifragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better.”