“I was lucky because I received a very generous severance. So, I’m just going to start my job search just before my severance expires.”
The question today is regarding receiving a generous severance and when to start your job search…do you start your job search just before the severance expires?
Sadly, I’ve had many people who’ve come to me as their severance expired and they were starting to panic. They were starting to freak out and their emotions were high. That’s not good…you need to be calm in a job search. You need to remove all that frustration. Because they’ve left it to the last moment, their emotions run high and they want me to pull all the stops out, get their resume ready, get their LinkedIn profile ready, and put them on the highway.
It’s Never Too Soon to Start your Job Search
It doesn’t happen that way. A job search takes time. From the day you are terminated you need to think about where you want to go next. And as that termination gets deeper and deeper, really dig deeper into a job search and execute a job search plan. Be aggressive. A job search in itself is a full-time gig. I would say, as a job search expert, that you need to be in a job search 12 hours a day, five days a week. So probably just as long, if not longer than you were working when you were employed and you need to be active on social media. You are marketing and selling yourself. Salespeople will tell you that it takes a long time to sell products. Well, it’s going to take a long time to sell you.
Get Your Act Together
If you’ve got a long severance and you let it expire or close to expire, what have you learned? You need to get on the highway. That means that you need to get your act together well before your severance expires. Don’t let it expire because that is when your emotions run high and career influencers will see that you are desperate; you don’t want any desperation apparent in your job search. It can be frustrating, but there are people like me – coaches and resume writers who could help you.