If you are unemployed due to a lay off, being fired or just out of college or grad school and looking for your first job, it is still important to have a career plan but you have the luxury (necessity) of being more flexible due to economic necessity.
Since you are not currently employed, you have the ability to be blatant with your job search and there are ways to do this without seeming desperate and / or annoying. You can use social media to represent yourself. if you are a recent grad, you can use some of your more senior school projects as blog posts and / or as LinkedIn pulse posts to shine a light on what you have experience learning about and showcasing your writing skills. Any hiring manager of recent grads will tell you that having great writing skills is a huge plus for being hired - more so than gpa and degree type. Just having the ability to communicate well in writing is hugely important even for those who are not recent grads can use these methods to share thoughts/ learnings and more via blog posts or from LinkedIn by publishing a post.
Make sure your friends, mentors and networking partners know you are available and looking for your next step. Do not make this known on a daily basis but occasionally share something important to each or certain people in your network and include a quick blurb about how you are moving ahead in your career plan.
Have a career plan - know what you are looking for at least the bare parameters. If you are set with a long severance policy or have the suggested 1-2years of savings (I know, this is an almost impossibility as an Eco prof, I know our country is full of some of the worst savers but if you have that cushion of savings, that is great), then you have a long term career plan and can afford to be choosy for your next step. If you like many others do not have the luxury of unlimited time without a paycheck, then you have a shorter career plan with focus on finding something to pay the bills most important and other things like wants and likes less important.
Either way, have a plan about how you will network, with whom will you network and how you can showcase your skills and talents for your next step.
What do you think about this advice? Do you have a plan for managing unemployment and finding your next step? Happy hunting!
Lisa Vento Nielsen