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Getting Job Ready and Back to Work

When you have lost your job and begin to feel the effects of unemployment, it is time to get back on the saddle and start your search for employment. Although there are several types of reemployment service programs out there, you can start the process of reentering the workforce by taking some simple steps from the comfort of your own home. Thereafter, you can reach out for professional help if you find that your efforts are not proving fruitful.

Assess Your Situation

The first step in getting job ready is to assess your personal and financial situation. At this point, you will need to know how much you have saved and what expenses you will need to cover in the immediate future. At this point, you will also want to consider your long-term financial plans because job hunting requires time, effort, resources, and sometimes even professional assistance. Therefore, you will need to know whether you have the flexibility to take advantage of several job-hunting methods.

Develop a Work Search Plan

The next step is to create a work search plan. Using this plan, you can map out the type of work that interests you, the rate of pay you would be willing to accept, the area in which you will begin your work search, and other details of this nature. With this plan, you will not only have an outline of your next steps, but you will also be able to set out some short-term and long-term goals relating to reentering the workforce. For instance, you may choose to give yourself a certain period of time before you reach out to a professional for career advice or counseling.

Make a List of Contacts

Once you have developed a clear and well-organized road map, you will need to start gathering the necessary details to start bringing your plan into fruition. This step involves getting the contact information of all the potential employers with whom you wish to discuss your search for employment. By making a list of contacts, you will have a well-structured document that will help you keep track of the individuals that you have successfully contacted regarding new job opportunities.

Submit Your Resume

After making contact with the various potential employers that you have included in your plan, you will need to determine whether it is time to submit an application, send-in your resume, or cross a particular contact off your list. In the case that you have successfully contacted a potential employer and he/she has asked you to submit your resume, you will want to make sure that you have a well-written and polished version of your most recent resume.

Evaluate Your Effort

An equally important step involves evaluating your effort to contact potential employers and send out applications for different job opportunities. By assessing your efforts, you will be able to see whether your methods are effective and helping you advance in your work search plan. In contrast, if you are coming up short after contacting several employers and after many weeks or months of searching, you will likely need to reevaluate your work search plan and reformulate your approach to job hunting.

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