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Need a Job Immediately? Here’s What You Do First.


Robby

There are three steps you should take if you need a job right now. First: Breathe. Second: Decide how broke you really are. And third, start talking to people who can help you find jobs. Who those people are depends on your answer to #2 and #3.

When you’re out of work, even if you lost your job ten minutes ago, a sense of panic can pour over you. I once ran into a woman who was at a networking event. She told me that she had lost her job that same day, and that she was terrified that she would not find work ever again. The individual was sweating and panicked.

Needless to say, this is no way to network.

Don't Panic
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So if you lost your job today or if you’ve been looking for work here in Indianapolis for months and months (and you need a job right now) here’s what to do.

Step 1: Take a Deep Breath

You’re upset. You’re feeling uncertain. You don’t know what’s going to happen next. That place you’ve been going five days a week (or whatever your schedule is) doesn’t want you any more. It’s natural to feel disoriented.

The first thing to do is to ground yourself. Literally, sit down, and breathe. Not having a job could be a bad thing, sure. Not having a job and panicking at the same time is absolutely worse.

Gather yourself. Take some time. And when you’re ready, move on to step two.

Step 2: Evaluate Your Situation

Most of us work jobs in part because we need the money to support ourselves and our families. So when you lose a source of income, step back and answer this question: How much money do you really have?

What do you have in savings? Do you have other sources of income? Do you have a side job or a freelance project you can pick up again?

Have you cut expenses? Perhaps a few less meals out or trips to the coffeeshop. Can you run the A/C or the heater less to save on bills? Can you drop luxuries from your grocery budget? Combine errands or just drive less often?

What do you have that you don’t need? What can you sell in a garage sale, or online? Which of your friends or family members have been eyeing your posessions and might be willing to buy something of yours?

And finally, who can help you out? Maybe they can bring you meals, or help with expenses. Maybe you need a place to stay or someone can let you borrow a car.

Figure out how much runway you really have before you need to take off, and then..

Step 3: Start Talking to People to Find Jobs

There are four main ways to find jobs. These are listed in the order of severity—how quickly you need to become employed again.

  • Staffing and Temporary Labor Agencies – If you need to get a job straight away, or if you just want to make sure that you are in front of lots of opportunities, this is where to start. (We have a big list of staffing/temp agencies in Central Indiana. Go their websites, follow their instructions, or visit in person to complete an application. You’re likely to be back to work very soon.
  • Recruiters – These are people who find the best candidates for specific jobs, and are often paid out of the salary of the company that is hiring the candidate. If you are in a professional role, get in touch with a local recruiter in your industry. Note that many staffing firms do this work too, so check our list of Indianapolis recruiters.
  • Postings – Companies that have jobs also put those jobs online or in publications for jobseekers. These are called “job boards” or “classifieds.” Visit our directory of Central Indiana job listing websites.
  • Networking – If you have the time, the best way to get the best possible job is through networking. Develop relationships, go to networking events, call upon old colleagues and friends, and work on reconnecting.

Okay. That’s the three step process. Good luck!

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About the Blogger: Robby Slaughter is a productivity speaker and expert. He is a principal with a AccelaWork, an Indianapolis consulting firm.

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