A long-term job search lasting for six months or more can be grueling. Unemployed job seekers who reach the six-month (or longer) milestone need to contend with a host of issues and challenges, including finding a way to address a growing resume gap.
Fortunately, you’re not in this position. Not yet, anyway. You just lost your job, but it happened so recently that potential employers aren’t likely to give the event much thought. And in addition, you still have a healthy emergency fund to fall back on (hopefully), a fresh and relevant set of skills, and some recent lessons learned that can help you navigate the path ahead. You also have a strong cover letter that makes one message clear: you’re momentarily down, but you’re far from out. Here are a few ways to drive your point home.
1. Take maximum advantage of any notice you’ve been given. Potential employers may find you more attractive if you’re working, so if you’re still technically employed for another two weeks, make the most of this time. Turn every hour of your day into a whirlwind job hunt, and if you have to choose between pleasing your current “employers” and pursuing your future ones, choose the latter, hands down. Skip meetings, leave in the middle of the day to attend interviews, take calls during work hours, and do whatever you have to do. Just don’t use company equipment (like phones or email accounts), and try to stay polite and diplomatic.
2. Use present tense verbs in your letter. Instead of saying you “managed complex responsibilities,” say you “manage” them. You can get away with this quirk of language for about two weeks after your previous position ends.
3. Treat this setback like the most insignificant blip on the timeline of your life and career. Because it is. Leave your lay-off or dismissal out of your letter, and if you absolutely have to bring it up, keep all mention of this unpleasantness as brief as possible. Discuss your layoff only during the interview process, and even then, do so only if you’re asked.
4. Emphasize your resilience and amazing as you bounce back to your feet. Right now, you’re a living example of this talent. After all, you aren’t wasting a minute wallowing in self-pity. You’re putting the past behind you and focusing all your energy on the future. And that quality is attractive to any smart employer.
5. Make the most of your fresh experience and skill sets. If you mastered a new software utility right before you got your pink slip, say so in your letter. The same applies to any recent training course you completed, conference you attended, or new technology implemented in your workplace during the past year.
A Brilliant Cover Letter Can Get You Hired Fast
If you make the right moves , you’ll step off the job market as quickly as you stepped on, and your short-term job search will STAY short term. Don’t let this brief stumble hold you back—visit LiveCareer to find the resume building tools and cover letter templates that can help you recover your footing quickly and keep your career on track.