Everyone is afraid of being fired while working. When you hear about job cuts, getting ready for layoffs, and other rumors about it, we start to panic. Is it right though? Is dismissal really a disaster?
Seemingly it may seem so. When you work for a few years in a given workplace, or even if you have been working recently and think you have found a job for the rest of your life, you are afraid of it.
The most beautiful is the moment when the first emotions subside. Anger will disappear, humiliation will disappear, and wondering "why me ?!" That's when the best ideas are born, then your mind starts working at increased speed, because you have to think about what to do next.
When they release you from work, take steps that can change your life. Don't do anything but hurry, just think about what you want to do next.
There is never a dead end. Each can be somehow repaired, although at first the situation seems hopeless.
First you need to update your CV. However, it is worth first to find current templates and current trends (yes, so are the trends in the CV, e.g. Times New Roman font is
passé). If you enter '2016 CV template' into the search engine, you'll definitely find something for yourself.
Write first on the card the experience gained in the previous work, as well as the duties performed. Think about what you can enter in your CV, which can attract a potential employer. Maybe you have skills that make you different? It's all worth writing, because if you don't do it, nobody will guess it.
Is it worth sending a cover letter to your employer?
It is said that a cover letter is obsolete. And I think so too, because usually nobody reads it. It's better if you send some information in the body of the email. You can write what kind of job you are looking for (remote, full-time, part-time), as well as about projects that you ran or were part of. However, do not overdo it with the amount of text, because I have a cover letter - no one will read it. Focus on facts, and don't summarize your entire career.
However, when you decide on the cover letter
Write it in such a way as to interest the person who is to read it. I know from my experience that cover letters are written in the same boring way. I am not surprised why employers require more. More and more often I meet with a cover letter in the form of a video. It's a nice form, but when it's not too long.
How to look for a job effectively?
Finding a job is not the easiest. At the beginning you have to specify what kind of work we are looking for and realistically determine the experience and chances of getting it. If your professional experience is limited to only a few months of internship, do not expect that you will get a great job with a high salary (such situations are rare and you need to be extremely lucky).
Some portals require the creation of their profile, which will contain all the information from the CV, including experience, graduated schools, etc. It requires some work, but it also makes it easier for your employer to find you. Why? Because often looking for employees is outsourced to companies that browse such websites and search for potential candidates for employees.
How many jobs can you look for?
It's frustrating, because maybe you came here after a long period of looking for a job and you probably think, what a nonsense. A person who has no idea about real life writes. Well not true. I was released once. It was my second to last job at the employer's. And although it seemed like a disaster to me at first, later I thought they were actually doing me a favor. I never liked this job, I totally tired of it and quietly dreamed that someone would make a decision for me.
In retrospect, I see that I was just weak and I wasted a year sitting in an unproductive office seat with people I didn't really like. At that time I could do something different, at that time I could do what I do now.
Is it worth taking the risk?
Working on your own is a difficult and risky decision, but as they say, "those who don't take risks don't drink champagne." Although my work day does not end at 16 or 17, I don't regret it. Thanks to the risk I have taken, I can enjoy not only higher earnings, but also satisfaction that I do something that gives me pleasure.
Sometimes all these fears are just thoughts that are in our heads. For me, working on my own always seemed risky, but at the same time it gave me some satisfaction. When a year ago someone would even offer me a job on my own, I would definitely answer "never in my life". I was afraid. I was just scared in the world, but I don't know why and I don't know what. Although at the beginning it was all scary, today I can not imagine working differently.
I can't imagine getting up at 5 in the morning to get to work at 8. I can't imagine driving the same bus every day at 7 with the same people (it was!). It's not for me. Never again 🙂