As you may have heard, I was laid off last month. My former employer was gracious enough to pay for a three month service with an outplacement agency. I’ve done their resume development webinar and their LinkedIn webinar and learned a lot of things.
The hard part is getting outside my head to figure out what my skills and expertise are. I’ve done a first draft resume and gotten feedback from my consultant. I’ll be meeting with him on Monday to go over my changes. I’ve also reached out to former co-workers and my boss to get a list of what they think my accomplishments are.
Part of my issue is I don’t want to bug them. I’ve followed up with one person twice now and haven’t received anything. I’m sure they’re busy, and I don’t want to nag them. I asked one co-worker twice if I could list her as a reference and she never responded, so I’m a little hurt over that (I texted her so I know she saw my request.)
LinkedIn is odd to me too. Before I was ignoring requests from people I didn’t know but the webinar facilitator said you accept everyone, because you don’t know where it will lead. Why is some real estate broker in Philadelphia interested in connecting with me? How am I supposed to leverage that? I also feel weird trying to connect with people I don’t know. “Hello, HR rep at a company I’m interested in. Let’s connect so I’m on your radar.” I’m an introvert, so this networking stuff is quite difficult for me.