Be Prepared for a Company Layoff

Nobody ever goes into a job thinking they\’re going to be the victim in a company layoff. But it happens every day, and most people are totally blindsided by it. I’m not saying you need to be paranoid, but it\’s better to be prepared in case it does happen, and there are some simple things you can do to keep you ahead of the game.

  • Build up your social media profile – The more contacts you have, the easier it will be to look for a job if you happen to lose the one you have. Post often and let people get to know you and what you do for a living.
  • Keep your resume up to date – You never know when a better job will come along, or simply an opportunity to give someone your resume who may be in a position to hire you. Keep all certifications and skills current.
  • Have business cards handy at all times – Even if you have a job, there\’s no harm in giving out your business card. This helps you build up your network in case you ever need it. Stay in touch with people who give you their card.
  • Make friends with vendors – Vendors can be a good resource if you need them. They know what\’s going on in other companies and who will be hiring and firing. Keep this contact info on your own computer or phone, so if you are locked out of your office due to a lay off in the future you will have it handy.
  • Keep association memberships up to date – This could be a rich source of contacts to know if you ever lose your job. But make sure you stay in touch with these people and attend meetings and conferences as often as you can.
  • Keep up your network of friends outside of the industry – Your best referral usually doesn\’t come from the person at the top, but from someone\’s neighbor, hairdresser, or mechanic.

Have you ever been blindsided by a company layoff?

Proof the Offline Job Search Still Works

The Street Smart Job Search\” I\’ve been telling people for years that you can\’t simply hide behind a computer and email out a resume. You must make a human connection. A business research company called Whale Path recently  conducted a survey to find out how employees found their employees. I\’m happy to say that my gut instinct was right all along and gives me some proof that the offline job search still works. According to Whale Path\’s findings, the majority of job seekers under the $50,000 pay range found their jobs through offline search. The new number of 46% of people found their jobs that way, which is up from 2008. This proves that your search must become a more referral-based job search. Anyone who has grown up with the Internet might not be able to imagine what the job market was like before it came along. It was much more personal. The thing is that people hire people they know and like. Period. As an employer at a small startup company, I can tell you that this is even more important. I can\’t afford to hire the wrong person. And a resume or email alone doesn\’t tell me anything about their personality, their problem solving skills, or anything about how they will relate to other people. A job interview is like a first date. You\’re always on your best behavior. It takes really knowing someone for a long time to get that information. And since you don\’t have years to get to know someone before hiring them, the next best thing is a referral from someone who has known that person for a long time. The things that I look for in an employee can\’t be determined from a resume or email. This comes from knowing a person\’s work ethic and personality, neither of which translate on paper. So, it seems if you\’re looking for a job, and especially one under $50,000 a year, tooting your own horn to everyone you know through an offline job search just might help you land a job.