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Please check out this fantastic article by LinkedIn as part of their weekly News’ Get Hired editorials from Mariah Flores with our president, Matt Warzel, as a contributor – 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗮 𝗚𝗲𝗻 𝗭𝗲𝗿 𝗦𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗗𝗼 𝗔𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗮 𝗟𝗮𝘆𝗼𝗳𝗳
Layoffs are affecting every generation in the workplace, including Gen Z.
The U.S. employment situation is very turbulent, as mass layoffs seem to be a weekly, if not a daily occurrence right now. More than 88,000 workers in the tech sector alone have been laid off in mass job cuts so far in 2022, reports Crunchbase News.
No generation has been spared by these devastating cuts in the workplace, including Gen Zers (people born between 1997 – 2012).
If you’re laid off, give yourself grace to think about the short term.
You can also share your experience via social media.
After taking a pause, it’s time to start thinking about the big picture and focusing on long-term career goals.
Now, you can begin your job search, tailoring your resume, networking and building new skills.
Give Yourself Grace
You deserve to take time for yourself, giving yourself grace to just pause. And think about the short term.
“My best advice for career shifters is to deal with this transition by taking a mental break first … then internalize, realize, and visualize,” advises career coach Matt Warzel, CPRW, CIR.
He recommends a series of steps to help you before beginning the job search process, such as:
- Determine your value to a prospective employer (What do you bring to the table?)
- Identify your passions, transferable skills and accomplishments to relay to hiring managers
- Develop a solid resume and cover letter (which you’ll need to tailor for each job)
Also, it’s a good time to decide if a new role or industry is the right fit for you, including ones that are less affected by economic downturn.
“A good rule of thumb for the job hunter seeking a new role in a new industry is to identify your transferable skills and portray those first on your LinkedIn profile and resume,” says Warzel. “Reverse engineer your career path from your ideal job’s description and see what you have and what needs up-skilling.”
And remember, you don’t need to have everything figured out right this minute. You can consider this a guide that is ready for you when you need it.
Turning to Social Media
In doing so, Gen Zers can gain better clarity about their next move and learn from each other. So if you’re laid off, feel free to post about the experience on social media platforms, like LinkedIn.
“[Y]ou don’t need to hide that information [a layoff], if you’re willing to share it with your network to parlay it into possible opportunities, but remain cordial about it. Don’t bash your former employer or boss because it can only do more harm than good,” says Warzel.
If you did have a very negative experience, consider sharing your experience in a post that helps others. Or post to a public professional forum that allows for some anonymity.
The things you post online can follow you through your job search, for better or worse, so always proceed with caution and do what’s best for you.
Thinking About the Big Picture
Warzel recommends thinking about the long game, including your job drivers and ultimately realizing what’s important to you in a new role, sector or industry.
“What’s important to you? Time, money, benefits, 401(k), location, product offerings, company image, culture, values, progressive versus traditional setting, remote versus on-location, passionate project opportunities, etc,” he says. “Each is different for each person. What motivates you? What’s your passion? What can you do that will make you happy in two weeks, three months, a year?”
By thinking of the big picture, you’ll reenter the job search with a better idea of what you want career-wise.
Build Your Skills
There are a variety of in-demand jobs that require a specific skill set or credentials, so upskilling is very useful for anyone seeking employment — even as demand changes. Additionally, building new skills can set you apart from other candidates.
“Anytime you can add value to yourself, you’re improving your worth. Find jobs you want to be in, look at the job description with a fine-tooth comb and identify where you need to plug in the gaps … Always be learning,” says Warzel.
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