THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SURVIVING AFTER A LAY OFF, SEVERANCE, BEING FIRED, OR BEING MADE REDUNDANT

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW AFTER BEING LAID OFF

SURVIVING AND THRIVING AFTER A TERMINATION OR BEING LAID OFF

Termination from your position, regardless of the reasoning behind it, is always unexpected. Though we choose not to imagine it, at times when the economy hits a lengthy period of decline, companies are required to pull back on spending and the output of resources. Sometimes, you may even decide to resign on your own, requiring a resignation letter. Unfortunately, sometimes the only solution to prevent loss, is to eliminate the abundance of positions and departments that are not critical to daily procedures.

Though it is recommended to always have an updated resume prepared, even during times of a steady economic state, many of those in the workforce still require a transitional period to find a new job. To overcome the unfortunate turn of events- see how we can help you prepare to find employment during the toughest hiring periods.

For many, one of the most daunting aspects of finding your next position is preparing a resume that will catch the eye of the key stakeholders throughout the process. However intimidating, you do not need to go through the process alone. There are many professional resume writing services that can provide insights and hands-on support, utilizing resume and industry best practices. The options of professional resume writing companies are abundant and the options of new positions you will have as a result will be, as well.

THE IMPORTANCE OF A RESUME

Whether it’s the result of a layoff, a reduction in force, a termination, or simply seeking a change, finding yourself on the job hunt can be stressful. Though the current job market is largely in the favor of job seekers, there is still much uncertainty that needs to be navigated. As a proactive or reactive measure, it is crucial that applicants have a resume that is up to par with current industry standards and resume best practices. To do so, there are a variety of resources that are readily at the disposal of candidates, including search firms, career counselors, and resume writing services. Though some may not find these services to be necessary, they are still a vital resource to take advantage of in order to ensure that you are well-prepared to make your next career step. Resume writing services in particular allow for the removal of guess work in crafting a resume that will stand out from the rest, ensuring that your document is optimized for passing through Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) effectively.

Between websites like Indeed, LinkedIn, and Monster, it can be difficult to sift through true best practices to determine how to best craft your resume. There may often be conflicting information regarding the format of a resume, font size, or what information to include. Working with a professional resume writing service will help you streamline this process and remove such confusion.

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WHAT IS A RESUME?

Despite what you may expect, resumes have been around for hundreds of years. Though the format of a resume has been changed, its roots allegedly date back to Leonardo Da Vinci who “reported[ly] drafted the first known resume” (Nicole Cavazos, ziprecruiter.com). With LinkedIn now being considered a virtual resume of sorts, many individuals tend to care more about their digital presence than this document. Though resumes may be less emphasized in today’s age, it is still of the utmost importance to have a document prepared that will capture recruiter and hiring managers’ attention.

Even in creative fields, resumes are often required to supplement portfolios that sample creative work. Regardless of the industry a client is in or is pursuing, a well-written resume is important for standing out on the job search. Many individuals are immediately removed from a process as a result of minor errors in their resumes, some of the most notorious being grammar, spelling, and formatting inconsistencies. Working with a professional resume writing service will ensure candidates are effectively writing and editing a resume to reduce the chance of minor errors preventing your likelihood of moving on in the process.

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RESUME WRITING BEST PRACTICES

As previously discussed, there is often much confusion surrounding what a resume should and should not include or look like. In hiring a resume writing service, you will be sure that your document is in line with industry standards and best practices with regard to content, resume format, font type, and page number. Resume writing firms maintain a consistent pulse on all resume and recruiting trends, conducting extensive research to ensure their recommendations are in line with what will truly work. With each decade, resume writing best practices may change to align with recruiting and hiring methods and trends – and the tools used to source and select applicants. Especially for individuals that are back on the job market for the first time in decades, identifying the most up to date best practices can be a daunting task. Therefore, working with a professional resume writing company may be even more appealing to reduce the hassle and confusion of updating a resume while maintaining alignment with best practices.

Regardless of whether trends and best practices change, resume writing services will deploy strategies that have been proven effective throughout time. With more insight than the average individual, professional resume writers utilize optimal tactics and strategies to augment the success of the document, and you can rest assured yours will be effectively drafted.

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HOW TO MANAGE BEING LAID OFF

Stop and Refocus

To start, take a deep breath, and back away from the situation. Though getting terminated can be a tough pill to swallow, it is critical to realize that the only option you have at the moment is to take the next step forward. Calmly approach the situation by asking about if the company has plans for employees that are directly affected by the down-sizing.

In some cases, companies will have options or benefits such as severance pay for employees to collect before their final departure from the company. In other cases, the layoff is probationary with full expectations to rehire employees that have been let go. It is important to collect this information before moving on to next steps.

Collect Important Information

Before you walk out the door, it is important to gather information and a letter proving that you have been laid off from your current position. This step is important if you have plans to collect unemployment and having proof of termination speeds up the process for you to receive benefits.

If you are currently receiving healthcare or have a pension plan through your employer and are unsure about procedures going forward, be sure to ask to speak with human resources (HR) about any questions you may have.

If the company allows you to return to your desk, collect any important contacts you may have. During times of need, your current network of professional contacts can provide a considerable amount of support during your job search. By reaching out to your contacts, it provides the opportunity for them to give you the first notice when a suitable position is available. In addition to getting the first notice, your contact can accelerate the hiring process by passing your resume directly to the hiring manager.

Get Your Final Paycheck

Always get information on how you will be receiving your final paycheck. Whether it is getting the physical paycheck or getting an idea of how you will be receiving your check, it is important to have clarification on how you will be compensated. In addition to a timeline, speak with your HR department to see if there is any coverage on unused PTO/sick days or overtime hours that you are owed.

Ask For a References

Since you are not leaving the company due to the quality of your work, asking for a reference letter can help you with your plans going forward. These types of letter help to highlight your professional attributes and allows the hiring manager to get a better idea of what kind of employee you will become.

In addition to a reference letter, speak with your supervisor about using them as a reference when applying to new positions. Inquire about if you are able to use them as a professional reference and ask about how they will share your dates of employment with the company.

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DEVELOP A GAME PLAN

Consider Steps to Keep You Covered

Before considering the start of your job search journey, consider the steps you need to take to assure that you will be covered. Take a glance at your finances to assess if you need to consider filing for unemployment during the time between jobs. Take a look into unemployment benefits in your state and contact your local unemployment office to begin steps to get you covered as soon as possible.

In the case that you do- gather all relevant information, including your letter of termination, and start your process as soon as possible. During this time, the feeling of unease can create more stress than necessary. By eliminating or lessening stressors such as financial burdens can allow you to focus more on finding a new position that is aligned with your career trajectory.

Take a Look at Your Current Career Path

Before sending out your resume to multiple companies, it is important to consider taking the right steps to assure that you are still on your desired career path. Though you may be in a position where you just “need” a position, the job search and onboarding process takes time. It is important to tailor your efforts to minimalize the time you spend transitioning from a position to another that will want to stay in long term.

Take a look at your current career and where you would like to see yourself in the next decade. Once you do, consider positions or companies you would like to be in that would help you achieve your goals. Consider the trajectory of other professionals in your field or industry, look into steps they took in their career to help them achieve the position they are in now.

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START YOUR JOB SEARCH

Find Positions You Are Interested In

Prior to sending your resume, look through available positions on job board site such as LinkedIn, Indeed, or conduct a quick Google search. Look into different industries and positions you would be interested in. Once you have located positions that pique your interest, look into the company that the position is currently available in. Take it upon yourself to do some additional research and look into current reviews on the company and how they are portrayed in the news or on their social media platforms.

Get to understand what the company stands and use platforms such as Glassdoor to get to know the company culture. You never want to be in a position where you have taken a job that goes against your political or personal views. As a job seeker, you are investing a considerable amount of time during the interview process to land a new position. Be sure you are investing time into a potential position that you can get on board with long term.

Understand the Requirements

Use the job description you find to understand what kind of candidates or requirements resume reviewers are currently looking for. Keep in mind that it is important to focus on positions you have a higher chance of landing. Discovering positions that you meet requirements for allows for your transition to become a smoother and quicker one during this time.

Consider the skills, requirements, or languages that could give you an advantage as well as skills that you may be lacking to land the position. If you have the ability to, take on courses that can allow you to become well versed in required proficiencies to help you land a new job in the current market.

If needed, sample the product or service the company provides to get a better understanding and the upper hand during the interview. Getting to know the processes at the company can allow you to highlight how you could be beneficial to the company or how you can improve company processes.

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PREPARE YOUR RESUME

Narrow Down Potential Positions

It is easy for job seekers to get carried away while looking to secure a new position as quickly as possible. By applying to every available position, you may not be taking the appropriate time to tailor your resume to that particular position which any experienced resume reviewer can quickly identify.

In the current competitive job market, companies now have adapted the use of applicant tracking systems (ATS) as the first initial “resume reviewer” filter out resumes that do not contain keywords that align with what the company is looking for. It is estimated that almost 75% of applicants resumes will not make it through ATS once submitted. To battle this, it is important to narrow down your jobs to ones that you are interested in and to tailor your resume to skillfully align your competences with the job description.

Consider a Format

Consider which format would be best suited for your professional background. In the case that you have had a lengthy amount of time unemployed or are looking to make a dramatic shift in industry, a functional resume may be used to increase your chances at landing an interview. Functional resumes focus mainly on the skillset that you would be able to provide instead of focusing on employment gaps or the chronological progression of your current one.

If you find that you are not approached with either of these issues, continue to use a chronological style resume to show the progression of your career. This style resume is the most common format seen by recruiters and hiring managers and requires special attention to skills, achievements, and accomplishments.

For either formats, it is important to highlight your skill set in a section built out in the beginning of your resume for the hiring manager to immediately see. By doing so, this assures that resume reviewer is quickly able to identify your skills allowing for them to indicate if you have the required skills and to also give them a reason to look more deeply into your resume instead of moving on to the next candidate.

Incorporate Achievements and Accomplishments

When creating your resume, it is important to focus on a resume that highlights how you would be able to succeed in this position. Instead of providing information about your daily tasks and responsibilities, it is important to highlight your successes to show the resume reviewer why you are the best suited candidate for the available position.

Understand that hiring managers want to hire the best available candidate and one that can make a difference in the position they fill. Highlighting daily tasks only allows the resume reviewer to see that you are capable of doing the job, instead of proving how you are successful at doing so.

Supplement Your Achievements with Quantifiable Measures

As previously stated, it is important to highlight your achievements on your resume to help the resume reviewer understand how you are the best suited candidate for the open position. A way to prove your successes is by using quantifiable measure to show the difference you have made during your time at your previous jobs. In addition to serving as proof of your successes, this allows hiring managers to understand the weight of responsibilities you have had during your time at your previous positions.

Always Conduct a Final Check

Always take time to look over your resume for human errors that your spell check may have missed. Take special notice on grammar or dates that you have provided on your resume prior to sending it out to the hiring manager. If needed, send the document to close friends and family or coworkers to help catch any mistakes you have missed.

It is important to remember that as a candidate seeking employment, you have 6 seconds to impress the resume reviewer. A spelling mistake on your resume could deter the hiring manager from reaching out, where as a mistake in employment dates could lead them to think there are employment gaps or fibs in your history. Both of these could be the determining factor between choosing you or another candidate with a similar background.

Upload Your Resume

During the time between finding a new position after you have been laid off, it is important to utilize job boards to give you the best chance at landing a job. Upload your resume to site such as Indeed, Zip Recruiter, Career Builder, and Monster to create visibility for recruiters to see an updated version of your resume and that you are available to take on a new position.

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APPLICANT TRACKING SYSTEMS (ATS)

One such consideration that is especially prevalent is how to optimize a resume for passing through Applicant Tracking Systems. Applicant Tracking Systems, or ATSs for short, are used by recruiters and hiring managers to source and locate applicants based on keywords that are throughout the resume. These keywords are industry specific and depend on the type of positions one is pursuing. For example, if applying for positions in marketing, key terms may include ‘brand management’, ‘content development’, or ‘trend analysis’. It is highly encouraged to carefully examine job descriptions to identify the specific keywords that will likely be used to source applicants; though the content in your resume will remain largely the same, identifying certain words that are consistently repeated throughout a job description will ensure that you are incorporating the best key terms, improving the likely that you are seen by recruiters.

It is important to consider the format of your resume in relation to these systems, as well. If you submit a document with an incompatible format (a Word document that may be adjusted due to conversion into the system, for example), it may inadvertently adjust the optimization of the document and hurt your chances of success. Resume writing services have likely considered this and will craft your resume in a manner that will mitigate these adjustments.

WHAT DOES A RESUME WRITING SERVICE DO?

Though it is clear that resume writing services are often helpful for individuals lacking the time or experience to craft the most effective resume possible, many may wonder what specific methods they actually deploy. In addition to identifying and incorporating key words, professional resume writing services utilize a resume format and style that has proven effective. A well-crafted resume will adequately align a demonstration of your expertise with industry best practices and standards.

To acquire the appropriate content to craft your new documents, resume writing services will utilize an initial meeting or phone call, or send a survey to acquire the needed information. The resume should ideally focus on highlights rather than being too focused in on the daily functions you were accountable for in your roles. These highlights will show the impact you had on the business you worked for – whether on profitability, efficiency, or another metric. Many professionals who are in similar industries will list the functions they were accountable for – show your impact and truly stand out through highlighting these accomplishments.

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HOW TO PREPARE FOR WORKING WITH A RESUME WRITING SERVICE

Once you have determined that you would like to work with a resume writing service, there are steps that you should take to ensure that you are well prepared for working with the company to optimally use the time allotted. Though this may vary from firm to firm, this preparation has a few key themes.

  1. Make a list of your career highlights– as the emphasis will be on your achievements and ‘big wins’, it is beneficial to assess these instances priorto working with the resume writing firm. Though it can be difficult to think back on all of the highlights across your career, it is sufficient to at least consider the major achievements from your most recent positions.

Ideally, these highlights will be mostly (or partially) quantifiable. Whether discussing cost savings, revenue generated, or operations streamlined, numbers will augment the impact of your resume. As explained by Monster, “no matter what industry you’re in or what level you’ve reached in your career, there’s always something on your resume that can be enhanced with a number” (Julia Gaynor, Monster.com). Though it is best to find and incorporate such numbers, it is understandable that certain industries and job functions do not allow for quantifiable highlights. These may include human resources, teaching, or even some marketing roles. Despite this, there are always ways to determine your impact, and your resume writing company will be able to help you identify them.

  1. Consider your next step– to ensure that your resume is effectively drawing on key transferable skills to set you up for success in pursuing your dream job, narrow down what you want to do next. As previously discussed, these job descriptions will also help you ensure that your resume is incorporating the appropriate keywords. Therefore, your resume writing company will likely ask for samples of roles you will be pursuing, so it is beneficial to preemptively consider them.

If you are unsure of your next step, contemplate working with a career coach – many resume writing companies provide these types of services. Though it may be a separate service from resume writing, some professional resume writers may have experience in career coaching and may be able to help guide you in uncovering your true passion or position of interest.

  1. Weigh your options– there are a variety of possible organizations to work with in crafting your new resume. Whether you are hoping to meet with a writer in person, work with a freelancer, or conduct all communication online, there are a variety of options of professional resume writing companies. Additional considerations will include pricing, time to complete the resume, and specialty of the writer and organization; weigh your options! As previously mentioned, this is an investment in yourself and your career and should not be taken lightly.

If possible, it may be desirable to seek samples of the type of work that is provided by the company you are considering working with to ensure that you are purchasing a quality document that you will be satisfied with.

Unfortunately, however, this may not always be possible – at least at first glance of a  resume writing firm’s website. An alternative method to identifying the quality of the document may be to examine the online reviews. Word of mouth and client reviews are often the most honest and reliable marketing for an organization – whether good or bad. Google, Yelp, and Facebook provide insight into the quality – or lack there of – delivered by any organization of interest, including resume writing organizations. Carefully examine the online voices that describe their experience with the organization – while taking each with a grain of salt.

THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN WORKING WITH A RESUME WRITING SERVICE

Though working with a professional resume writing service may be beneficial, there are certain cautions that should first be yielded.

First, it is important to keep in mind what a resume writing service will and will not be able to do for you. When working with such a service, you are signing up for a new resume tailored to the roles you are interested in and optimized for industry best practices. You are not signing up to work with a search firm or to be placed into that new dream job. Though many resume writing services are connected with such firms, that is not the ultimate point of the service.

Secondly, any viable resume writing company will encourage honesty and truthfulness, while effectively highlighting transferable skills. There are definite ways to demonstrate your impact and frame accomplishments in such a way that will highlight your expertise; that said, you should not provide false information – and falsities in the resume should not be encouraged.

Thirdly, it is important to consider the time that is involved in working with a professional resume writing service. Though there are often expedited options, a quality resume will take a bit of time to write and will not be an automatically generated document. It is truly an investment in your future and your career, and will likely require not only an initial conversation to gather the information, but additional revisions to ensure your satisfaction. If you do not have the time to write your own resume, you should at least have the time to uphold communication with your resume writing service. You are not their only client, and they will need to be in contact with you throughout the process – be considerate of their time, as well.

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I'M AN EXECUTIVE - CAN A RESUME WRITING FIRM HELP ME?

The reputation of an executive will often preceed them – their careers up until this point are laced with extensive achievements and examples of the impact that they can have within their next organization. So is a resume still necessary? Absolutely. Despite the impact of networking on securing executive positions, c-suite and other leaders will still need to be able to provide examples of the success that they have had in their careers thus far.

Many executives may fear that professional resume writers will not be able to write a resume to the level that they will require to make a transition into or within the c-suite. However, this fear may be unfounded, as professional resume writing services often have a separate team of ‘Executive Resume Writers’ who are more seasoned and have a specialized understanding of what an executive resume must include. When examining your options and searching for a resume writing firm to work with, ask about your options and how they approach executive clients and resumes, and what they can do for you.

Though this may require more of a financial investment, there are definite options if you are an executive looking for resume and professional branding assistance.

I'M IN ACADEMIA - CAN A PROFESSIONAL RESUME WRITING SERVICE HELP ME?

The CV vs resume debate is a great debate amongst professionals in academia. Would the same hold true for individuals in academia, such as research, educational administration or higher education? Many would believe that a curriculum vitae is the way to go. Though these positions often require a curriculum vitae – or CV – this falls within the scope of work for many resume writing services. Similar to an Executive Resume Writer, there are teams that have insights into how to tailor CVs for individuals in such specialized fields, including formatting and font.

As these CVs are often longer form than your typical resume, there will be additional information – and financial resources – that will be required to proceed. Given the specialized resume formatting and information required to complete a CV, it is an even better idea to work with a professional in crafting your document, ensuring it is optimally tailored.

I NEED A FEDERAL RESUME - CAN A RESUME WRITING FIRM HELP ME, TOO?

For individuals who are seeking to working in federal positions, there are additional considerations to be made when crafting your resume. A federal resume has information that must be included, such as salary information, past manager name and contact information, and other key aspects. Rather than attempting to craft an effective federal resume that matches these standards, working with a professional resume writing services company skilled in federal resume writing can assist you in ensuring you are providing all of the information needed, upholding resume and federal position best practices and standards.

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RESUME MYTH BUSTING

While these cautions should be considered, many prospective clients of professional resume writing services may not ultimately decide to work with such organizations due to false information that often circulates surrounding these services.

  1. I don’t have an existing resume, so I can’t work with a resume writer

Though it can be helpful to facilitate the resume writing process, it is never too late to get your first resume written – you can certainly work with such firms without an existing resume. Providing other information such as the aforementioned highlights and job descriptions will act as a great launch pad for the first draft. Your resume writing services will likely have additional questions – via phone call, meeting, or survey – and will pursue the answers as needed.

  1. You don’t need a resume if you have a LinkedIn Profile

Though many recruiters and hiring managers will search a candidate’s name on LinkedIn prior to sending them through the application process, it is still important to have a resume available. Even if you apply to a job post on LinkedIn, you can almost guarantee that you will be asked for a resume at some point during the interview and application process. Having this documentation available will provide peace of mind as you apply, ensuring that you will be able to move throughout the interview process quickly.

As LinkedIn is a public platform, you must be careful with the information you include on your profile. The revenue generated by various projects or deals you were involved with may be considered confidential for online distribution. As previously discussed, your resume should ideally incorporate key metrics and information to demonstrate your success – therefore, relying too heavily on your LinkedIn profile will ultimately be to your detriment (Erica Breuer, the muse).

The same can be said about having an online portfolio or professional website. Though these resources and samples of your work can provide additional insight into the impact you’ve had on past organizations, they again present the conflict of needing to mitigate the inclusion of confidential information on a public forum. With these limitations, individuals are further unable to truly demonstrate the quantifiable impacts they have had in their careers.

  1. I can write my own effective resume – it’s just a job description, after all

Though your resume willprovide a description of your daily functions and responsibilities, professional resume writers will have insights into the key achievements and highlights that you need to emphasize to capture the attention of recruiters. These writers will also have insights into the search words and phrases that will ensure your resume is able to pass through Applicant Tracking Systems and ensure your likelihood of securing an interview. Though you can certainly write your own resume, pursuing professional assistance will provide further reassurance that you are providing the best document and representation of your successes.

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STRENGTHEN YOUR INTERVIEWING SKILLS

Brush Up on Potential Questions

Be prepared to answer questions that will help highlight your accomplishments and achievements throughout your personal career. When promoted question that seem to stray away from your professional experiences, always do your best to redirect the questions back to something that allows you to shape what kind of candidate you are.

For instance, when asked “what are your hobbies?”, don’t be afraid to speak of hobbies that will highlight on your soft skills such as your ability to work in teams (sports related activities), creativity (artistic projects), or willingness to volunteer.

Besides from crafting answers for the typical “why should we hire you” or “tell me about yourself” questions, it is important to craft answers that circulate around the current trends in today’s industry. This step is especially important for candidates who have been out of the job search process for a lengthy amount of time. Keep in mind that as the industry changes and technologies continue to advance, it is important to stay on trend with answers to questions your resume reviewer could ask during a potential interview.

Don’t Be Afraid to Speak About Your Soft Skills

Unlike your resume, this is the time for you to speak about your soft skills to allow the hiring manager to help frame what kind of candidate you will be. Interviews are framed to allow your interviewer to get to know your personality and if it will fit in with the rest of the team.

Always portray your personality in an appropriate manner when speaking to the hiring manager and do your best to mirror the same mannerisms as the person that is interviewing you. If they make a light joke, don’t be afraid to laugh if you find it to be humorous.

Body Language Plays a Large Part

Besides from what you are saying, your body language plays a large part by communicating through your posture and stance. Avoid crossing your arms or coming off as too laid back during your interview. Consider how large gestures or other movements would come across to avoid from being too distracting during the time you spend with the hiring manager.

Prior to your interview, using your phone or sitting in a closed off position can cause you to shrink into a “low power” pose previous to your interview and can have a large effect on your confidence. According to Harvard researcher Amy Cuddy believes that utilizing “higher power” poses which mimic an open gesture can help increase your ability to handle more stress and pressure.

Send a Thank You Note

Be sure to exchange contact information with the person who had taken the time to interview you. Upon returning to your designated location, send a thank you email letting the hiring manager know that you have appreciated their time and that if they have any additional question to reach out.

This practice assures that the resume reviewer has the correct information and a direct line to contacting you in the future. In addition to this, sending the hiring manager a quick email could work in your favor when approached with choosing between you and another candidate with a similar professional background.

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BE PREPARED FOR REJECTION

Send a Follow Up Email

In the case you do not hear back from the hiring manager after two weeks, send a follow up email asking for updates on your candidacy. Keep in mind that companies are required to sort through hundreds of applications and conduct multiple interviews to find a candidate that is fitting for their company. In some cases, the company of interested is still conducting interview or in the process of choosing their candidate.

In other cases, the company has decided to move forward with another candidate and have not gotten around to sending rejection letters. Whatever the case maybe, send an email to your contact, kindly asking for any updates on the process. Close out your email by letting the hiring manager know that you are available to provide any additional resources or answer any questions that you may have.

Ask for Feedback Anyways

If you find that you have received a rejection letter from the company of your choice- don’t let this get you down! In today’s competitive market, there are hundreds of candidates applying for the same position. Keep in mind that if you were not a good match for the position to begin with, there’s nothing you can say or do differently in the process that will change the outcome.

Send your resume reviewer or interviewer (depending on the process and if there was a change in staff) a quick email asking for any feedback they are willing to provide on your resume or interview process that could have affected the outcome. If you do receive an answer, this gives you a general idea of why you were pass on as a candidate.

Consider in Investing in Professional Help

If you find that you are still having an abnormal amount of difficulty landing an interview or retaining offers after your first initial meeting with the hiring manager, it may be beneficial for you to consider getting professional help to give you the best chances at landing your next interview.

Consider submitting your resume into free resume evaluations such as ones available at Employment BOOST to get an idea of where your resume stands with the rest of the applicants in today’s industry. If you find that your resume is currently at a low standing, it may be time to consider using professional resume services that allow for your resume to pass ATS, giving the best chance at landing an interview with other resume reviewers in the industry.

If you still find that you are having difficulty landing interviews or a call back from hiring managers, consider using interview coaching services that could give you a better chance and to identify any issues during your first-round interviews. Career coaches have the ability to help you frame your questions to help present your talents during your future interview and can answer any questions you may have about negotiating offers you may receive.

Keep on Searching

Even after being rejected, it is critical for you to continue with your job search journey to find the next position that you will be the top candidate for. Though at this critical moment after being laid off from your previous position, it is important to remember that the process to find employment is always a difficult one.

Be sure to continue to search for open positions and keep actively applying until you have been presented with an offer that is aligned with your needs and career goals.