- Keep seasonality in mind. Many organizations want the entire hiring committee present for the interview process, and it’s challenging to align schedules during the summer or winter holiday seasons. Once more people are back in the office, you’ll likely hear back a lot faster.
- Be shameless in your job hunt. This is a time in your career when you can shout from the rooftops that you’re looking for work — don’t be ashamed to post about it! And don’t be ashamed to slide into those DMs and ask your network for help.
- Decide what you really want before applying. I say this as someone who was out of full-time work with no debt, dependents, affordable rent and receiving Canada’s Employment Insurance. Take time to research different roles so you can be targeted in your applications. Conduct informational interviews to get more insight on different jobs and employers.
- Make a schedule. Immediately after my role was terminated, I walked to the theatre where I was employed on a casual basis and asked to be put back on the schedule. Having a few shifts each week gave my life structure. Once the theatre season ended, I scheduled yoga class, volunteering, or meeting up with friends or my partner (who weren’t working 9-5).
- Go easy on yourself. Mentally, it’s not easy to go through a layoff. Whatever emotions you’re feeling, they’re totally valid.
Wishing everyone who’s on the job hunt right now all the best.
Carly Chalmers (Image Arts ’12) is the Manager, Customer Education at ChartMogul. She’s worked for a number of startups in Canada, Germany and the UK. Outside of the office she’s a dedicated arts patron and volunteer.
Photo credit: Christina @ wocintechchat.com