As a single mom you may feel that a layoff is a crushing blow to your finances, and it is. Being laid off from your job is a serious situation. The first thing to do is look into any sort of assistance you may qualify for and to check out temp agencies, employment offices and classified ads. Then you may want to try some creative job searching to find new employment after a layoff.
With the economy and job market in turmoil, you may find that in order to obtain a new job that will support your children and yourself you will have to think outside of the box. Consider some non-traditional methods of locating a job. By coming up with creative ways to approach a potential employer you’ll make your resume or application stand out from the crowd.
Visit businesses that are not advertising as hiring. If it is a retail location, behave like any other shopper and observe areas where the store may need another employee. If you see sales people ignoring customers or a long line at the customer service counter, keep that in mind. Ask for an application and take it with you.
When you get home fill out the application and adjust your resume to reflect your ability to multi-task and your commitment to customer satisfaction. Write a nice cover letter and inform the company that as a customer you’ve noticed that some of the areas of their business could use a little boost. Detail the changes you would make in that area and why you would be the best option for a position to increase employee training, to improve customer service and to increase business by providing customers with a pleasant shopping experience.
Essentially you will be creating a position for yourself and bringing the possibilities to the employer. Mail the letter, application and resume to the HR department or the owner of the business and try not to act too surprised when your phone rings and the employer wants to meet with you.
Sure you could just fill out an application and turn it in while you are in the store, but to get a potential employers attention you want to show them that you understand how their business works and that you would be a benefit to their company. This is one method of creative job searching that could help you after a layoff.
Thinking outside the box and taking chances are likely to land you a great job that you basically created out of the blue for yourself at a company that didn’t even think it needed another employee.