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Life After Layoff: Navigating Your Career Comeback

Updated: Feb 6


You’ve been laid off…now what


It’s an understatement to say that being laid off is a challenging and emotionally draining experience. If you were recently impacted by a lay off, you are likely feeling lost and confused. You may feel hopeless and uncertain about your future. At My Resume Team, we frequently partner with professionals impacted by a reorganization or layoff. While things may feel grim right now, please remember that a layoff is not the end of your career, it’s an opportunity for a new beginning. 


In this blog post, we help you answer the “now what?!” with our top 5 steps to take after a layoff. Find hope, rediscover your career goals, and set yourself on a path to success. 



Press Pause

We hear you. “I can’t press pause, I need to find a job!” Hear us out. After a layoff, emotions are running high and you may be feeling overwhelmed. It is essential to give yourself time and space to decompress and gain clarity. If your situation allows, take a few days to find joy in the midst of grief. Every situation is different but you will be able to think more clearly about your future and what you want out of your career if you take time to breathe.



Dream of What’s Next

What do you want the next phase of your career to look like? Reflect on your passions, strengths, values and professional goals. This is a great time to partner with an HR professional or career coach who can help you identify industries and organizations seeking your skillset and experience.



Refresh Your Resume

It’s time to dust off your resume and update it with your most recent experience. Don’t shy away from sharing your accomplishments - it’s time to shine! Unsure of current resume standards or how to get past the AI gatekeepers? We’d love to partner with you to provide a resume that highlights your super powers and helps you stand out above the crowd. We utilize applicant tracking system friendly formatting and the right keywords to help you land your dream job.



Optimize LinkedIn

After shining up your resume, it’s time to optimize LinkedIn and showcase your professional prowess. Similar to your resume, it’s important to use relevant keywords that align with your experience and the types of jobs you’re looking for. A well-optimized LinkedIn profile increases your visibility and appeal in the job market. It helps you to show up in relevant searches and catch the eye of recruiters. LinkedIn is also our most recommended source for professional job postings.



Build Connections

Connection is critical is times of transition. Reach out to your professional network as you navigate your career search. Connect with former colleagues, friends, and mentors who can provide support and guidance. Consider career coaching to reinstall confidence, shift your mindset, and help you land your dream role.


No one wants to endure a layoff, but if you have, use it as an opportunity for growth and self-discovery. By taking these key steps after a layoff, you can set yourself on a path to a new, fulfilling career. Remember, you are not alone in this journey; there are resources and people available to help you succeed. 


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Are you at a career crossroads after a job loss or seeking new opportunities? Our Career Transition Intensive was designed for you! Accelerate your career transformation with practical strategies to use in your transition, a polished resume created for you by our team of professionals, a customizable cover letter tailored to your ideal role, and 1 full hour of 1:1 coaching with HR Expert, Kelly Simants. 


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