The Jakarta Post
Company performance is among the reasons to lay off employees. (Shutterstock/File)
Being fired from a job can be a traumatic event. Obviously, this negative record would lead a prospective employer to scrutinize one’s resume even further.
However, being fired does not mean the end of your career. Tempo.co has compiled four things to do to get a new job after such an unfortunate event.
Focus on previous experiences, skills
Blair Decembrele, a career expert at business and employment-oriented social networking platform LinkedIn, suggested those who had been laid off to showcase their skills, experiences as well as previous responsibilities. Highlight the things you can offer to the prospective employer and leave the bad experience behind.
Update your professional profile
Decembrele also suggested job-seekers update a professional profile after being terminated from a job, mentioning it could help employees to find a new job.
She encouraged them to make an interesting profile by adding 40 words or more.
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Get a letter of recommendation
Company performance is among the reasons employees are laid off.
Mayya Indriastuti, a human resource practitioner at Indonesian human resource agency Daya Talenta Indonesia (DTI), mentioned that when a company faces a crisis they would choose to lay off employees based on performances, leading them to keep older and more experienced staff rather than young inexperienced employees.
Hence, Mayya recommended those who got laid off to request a letter of recommendation from the human resource department as the prospective employer may want to do a further investigation.
Being fired can be an opportunity to reevaluate your behaviors or experiences. If you are fired because of bad performances, it is best to tell the prospective employer the truth.
Although honesty is important, Mayya stressed that it is also crucial to let the prospective employer know that you would try to perform better and what kind of contributions you can give to the company.
Expand your network
Expand your network after being terminated from a job, Decembrele suggested. She mentioned that 85 percent of employees got their new opportunities through community networks. However, only a few employees who got laid off are willing to spend time expanding their network. (jes/kes)