The last thing you want to do after being made redundant is broadcast it to the world, but if you want to find another position, that’s precisely what you should be doing. Dust yourself off, leave the bruised ego at the door, it’s time to get hustling. Here are our top tips to turning an unfortunate situation into an opportunity for growth and career happiness.
In the current economy, with so many talented people being let go, there is no shame whatsoever in clearly indicating that you are out of work. One of the primary use cases for LinkedIn is as a tool to broadcast your availability to headhunters and recruiters.
After redundancy it’s amazing how people’s LinkedIn status’ finally get the attention they warrant. Suddenly being too busy to reply to recruiters seemed rather silly after all being one step ahead of the market and having a few recruiters in your pocket is a pretty good thing to do or better still follow your dream companies on Talent Rocket as a stress free alternative.
As a recruiter the first thing I do when I’m asked to review a CV application or interview someone is to look the person up on LinkedIn.
If you suddenly find yourself out of work, a 100% complete LinkedIn profile is essential. Contrary to your British sensibilities when creating a new profile or editing your current one, it’s important to be very public about the fact that you’re looking for new opportunities.
Let’s look at the sections that you’ll need to fill out:
In this line, which goes under your name, give a generic description of what you do or a sample job title (for example, Brand Marketing Manager, Sales and Marketing professional or HR Manager). Label yourself as what you would like to be, rather than feeling limited by whatever your last job title was. Don’t be afraid to put – “currently looking for new opportunities” after your title. As a recruiter I often search for candidates with the key words “looking or “new opportunities” in their titles as I know they’re active and aren’t going to waste my time.
Since you’re now out of work, the “Current” job should be deleted. Before you do that, though, cut and paste your previous company and job title into the “Past” section. Then click “edit” and “delete,” and make the “Current” heading disappear. Don’t be concerned that your job shows an end date. It’s very acceptable to be in between jobs.
As a recruiter I’m much more likely to contact you if I can see you. Make sure this is filled out if you want to increase your chances of being approached.
The more recommendations someone has the more likely it is I’m going to contact them. Also it gives you a great opportunity to network your former colleagues for job openings in their current business. Send ex-colleagues a message explaining that you’re looking for a new role and would be great if they could recommend you in a specific area. Offer to return the favour too and network them like hell for contacts they know that are hiring.
To be frank – this rarely gets read, a bit like the personal profile on a CV. As a recruiter my eyes go straight to your work history. But that’s not to say you shouldn’t fill it out. Write a couple of short paragraphs, emphasising your key skills and examples of accomplishments. Try and get your personality across too – don’t be dull! Conclude with a sentence that says you’re currently looking for new opportunities in a couple of specific functions and industries.
Make sure your descriptions of past jobs adequately convey what you did. Standard rules of CV writing apply here: use active verbs, convey your responsibilities succinctly and show results.
How do you know when you’re finished? When you’re in “Edit Profile” mode on LinkedIn, there’s a metric that shows the percent of profile completeness. It will make suggestions about what you’re missing — whether it’s a photo or recommendations. Keep revising until you hit the 100% mark. Then proofread attentively – if you’ve misspelt your job title you’re not going to be taken too seriously. There are a lot of fake accounts on LinkedIn so make sure yours looks genuine.
If you’ve done this correctly you should find that recruiters start to contact you about roles. Once you have found another position, you’ll no doubt be eager to update your LinkedIn profile to show where you’ve gone. But don’t neglect it after that and keep ahead of your next career move.
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