Suddenly Looking – What to do First

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Laura Machan

Laura Machan

Laura Machan is a Partner, Recruitment Solutions for Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge based in Toronto, Ontario. Although she has been recruiting for quite a few years, she still gets a big thrill from calling someone to set up an interview and an even bigger thrill when she hears a happy dance as she tells them when their new job starts. Laura lives with her family in Oakville, where she has lived for over 25 years, and is a significant contributor to the Canadian Federation of University Women - Oakville and Women in Nuclear, Golden Horseshoe Chapter.

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It’s been a rough week for a lot of people. Most of us are probably connected to someone who just learned that they have lost their job. They might be at Target, Sony or maybe they work in the oil business.

We have a lot of support to provide to our friends, peers and former colleagues. It must feel a bit like going to the Oscars when you are nominated but you don’t win. I think it was Kevin Spacey at the Golden Globes who described this feeling. It was his first win after multiple nominations. He said you are a total winner when you are nominated, but if you don’t get the statue no one will even make eye contact with you at the after party.

Getting a job with one of those fortune 500 companies was a great achievement. Don’t sell yourself short. Squeeze all the stories, examples and lessons learned out of your two or three years. That’s the material to use to get your next great role.

Stay connected to your co-workers, but also with your vendors and the other people you met in the course of your work. They are your new foundation.

Take advantage of every networking opportunity. LinkedIn should be burning up with soon-to-be-former Target folks. Sure, you were too busy before – make it a priority now. Connect. Connect. Connect.

Above all, keep an open mind about your next opportunity. Do your research so that you are prepared for your interviews. Turn your concerns into questions – no one will think less of you for being thoughtful and cautious.

Finally, if you have been offered outplacement services, take advantage of every part. I can’t tell you what you will learn but there will definitely be some gems.

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