Five ways to start an emergency job search

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The number of US tech workers laid off has risen to more than 73,000 since mid-November, and more are expected. There have been hints of staff cuts in other industries as well. The end of the year has gotten some employees out of work, thus looking for new positions.

Though it is assumed that the year-end and the beginning is not a good time to look for a new job, most experts recommend not holding back from applying anyways.

Hence, here are a few steps you can take immediately to set yourself up for a job offer in early 2023 proposed by three Korn Ferry experts, Dan KaplanAlyson Federico and Deepali Vyas.

Build your network vigorously

In today’s fast-moving world, finding the right job has become integral to our corporate world. Therefore, it is time to build your network by attending holiday parties and refreshing past relationships and contacts that are hosted not only by your friends or relatives but also by many professional associations. 

Identifying headhunters

Invest time in researching firms and recruiters in your field. Ensure that their bios state that they have placed people in your field and at your level.

Working at a start-up is a good idea

Finding a new job is possible if you’ve been laid off from a large company. Especially a start-up business can provide more benefits, including equity and a more exciting job role, skills, and environment.

Keep your Linkedin updated

Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up to date, demonstrating all relevant information about your job role, experience, and recent accomplishments. All these factors will make you unique, and headhunters will visit your profile to learn more about you. 

Use your emotions wisely

Being laid off from a job can be overwhelming, but you must learn how to deal with all the negative emotions wisely. Hence, thinking optimistically when applying for a new job is essential instead of lingering on the pain point. 

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