There’s no hiding from it. Everywhere you go, you’re bound to hear someone talking about the recession and more specifically, the recent record breaking numbers of unemployment in the U.S. Yours truly wasn’t even recession proof – but there’s got to be some sort of light at the end of tunnel, right? Well, there’s no reason to wait until you get to the end of the tunnel. With the staggering number of people that are getting laid off, we all need to remain vigilant on what could happen and take the necessary steps to be ready if it does.
These steps have helped me immensely as I go through this phase of my career and I hope it does the same for you (though I hope it doesn’t reach that point for you):
- Connect with people - Network your butt off and build positive, mutually-beneficial relationships. I can’t preach this enough as every day, I am thankful for my network and the people I’m truly able to call friends. Twitter is a great starting point to connect with like-minded folks and build those relationships. Taking it to the next level, make your way out to tweetups and conferences. They not only helped solidify the relationships I already made online but was able to meet many more smart people in the process.
- Keep your resume current - This should be a no-brainer. No matter if you have a solid job or not, always keeping your resume up-to-date is critical. Competition is fiercer than ever and though your qualifications matter, getting your resume out quickly is also key. Additionally, keep your LinkedIn profile current. Job seekers aren’t the only ones Googling names. Employers are doing the same to see what type of presence you have online and at the least, what your LinkedIn profile says. Here are some more tips from Chris Brogan on making LinkedIn work for you.
- YourName.com – If you haven’t done so already, reserve yourname.com now. Seriously. Go to 1and1.com or your domain provider of choice and scoop it up. I admit, not everyone has to be a blogger, but I’d recommend at least making a static page with your elevator pitch, a picture of yourself, links to all of your networks and ways to contact you. This way, employers have a one stop shop to your entire online presence.
- Network when in need - This ties in with my previous point of connecting, but takes it a step further. The work you put into connecting with folks in your industry and building those relationships comes into play here. Lean on your network and let them know your situation. You might be hesitant to tell people, trust me I was, but there’s no shame in asking for help. The people that you can call upon to read your blog post will undoubtedly be willing to help in your time of need.
I can honestly say that following these steps prior to going through the latter (and during) has definitely helped me in my search and connecting with even more people than I would have without. We all pray that none of our friends or family will have to go through this but if it does happen, I hope tackling these steps beforehand will make the ride a bit smoother as it has with me.
These points were what I found most helpful but I’m sure there are other ones that people can benefit from. What tips would you recommend?