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By Canadajobs.com Staff
If you've recently been downsized, there are a few things you can do to make sure you're a great future employment prospect.
In a calm and peaceful way, find out exactly why you were let go. If you were let go because of company restructuring, ask for a reference letter. Many companies will provide this for you and include something about why they were sad to have to let you go, etc. Don't be shy in asking them for a letter. It might be your best asset when you go looking for a new job.
If you were let go because they were unhappy with your work, get the details. You want to be able to work on those skills as you apply for other jobs.
Never underestimate the power of a recently updated resume, especially if you've worked at a company for a long number of years. Make sure you take the time to list the various skills you learned at your job and how you could incorporate them into a new one. List any computer programs and technical skills you have, any courses you took while employed, etc.
Being downsized can be hard on your self-esteem. Take the time to re-focus on what your career goals are. This might be the perfect opportunity to discover what you really want to do. Focus on your skills and how far you've come since your last job. You've probably got a lot of hidden assets you can use to promote yourself and to encourage yourself, so stay positive.
It's hard to talk about it sometimes, but it happens to a lot of people. If you feel it's appropriate, talk to you colleagues and certainly talk to you friends. You never know who might be hiring, or who they've come in contact with that might be looking. Networking is a great way to find hidden jobs.
Being downsized is rough, but it can also present you with the opportunity to achieve job satisfaction at another workplace. Bounce back by having clear goals, an updated resume, and a positive attitude.
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