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Bouncing back from job loss: How to get your career back on track

Have you lost your job? Not sure what to do next? No matter the circumstances, losing your job is a difficult experience for anyone. However, it’s what you do next that’s important. It can be tempting to sit and brood, but a better option is to take proactive steps to find your next role.

Indeed and Hays provide tips on what to do if you have lost your job.

Be open and honest

Don’t try to hide the fact you lost your job. Tell your family and friends. Always be honest in job interviews and explain your situation. In your resume, it is appropriate to list something like “position made redundant due to organisational restructure”. Often, job loss is not the individual’s fault and employers recognise this and appreciate an honest approach.


Determine desired career path

Take time to reflect on the career you want. You may be looking for a similar role, or want to enter a new industry.  This may be the ideal time to look for a job that better matches your skills, interests, or abilities. Think about what you enjoy most and search for jobs that enable you to do this.


Evaluate online presence

See if you can create a consistent online brand, that is appropriate for the work you seek. If you have a LinkedIn account, ensure it is up to date.

 Above all else, ensure the information that you post online is appropriate for work. Don’t post anything that could put an employer off hiring you.


Update your resume

 Tailor your resume to each position you apply for. Make sure it has an attractive professional summary and is ordered appropriately. If you need help with this, Public Service Resumes offers a resume writing service.


Do your research

Before you apply for a position, carefully read the job description. Use this information to help craft your resume and cover letter. Try to think of relevant skills and experiences that align with the job description.


Identify your references

Have potential references ready in case employers ask for them. Ask your former colleagues if they would be references for you.


Reach out to your network

Inform your professional and social contacts that you are looking for a new job. They may be able to refer you to a specific position or provide general advice.


Focus your job search

If possible, be targeted in your approach. Only apply for positions that suit your skills and interests. Also consider your career goals and ambitions when applying for roles.


Consider professional development

Use your spare time to develop your professional skills. Identify skills in job descriptions and try to focus on developing these. Employers will view you positively if you have used time between jobs to enhance your skills.


Practice interviewing skills

If you haven’t had a job interview in a while, it is advisable to brush up on your interview skills. Brainstorm some common interview questions and how you would answer them Practice skills such as verbal communication and body language.


Use a variety of job search tools

Online job search sites like Seek and Indeed are a good place to start. If an organisation grabs your attention, check their website or social media to see if they are advertising any positions and consider calling them.


Look after yourself

Remember to take care of yourself. Often, job loss is no fault of your own and is therefore not a reflection of your skills, talents or abilities. It may even be a positive, allowing you to re-set your career.

Bouncing back from job loss isn’t easy.

Are you looking for a new job? Public Service Resumes can help. We are pleased to offer various services, including our LinkedIn profile writing service and interview skills coaching.