I was let go by my company on 10 July 2013. So for the past few weeks I have been busy with looking for a new job. I was landed a new job with more interesting job scope and more opportunities. During the process, I learnt a few lessons that I think it is valuable and I shared all them below.
As I always said, I have been very happy in my previous job and I never thought I will be retrenched before I achieve my retirement. It might sounds silly to you but that was really what I was thinking then. I was thinking technical job should be quite stable, as long as I have the skills and I am fulfilling my duty, I should be pretty safe from retrenchment. I escaped the previous one so there is no reason why I cannot escape this one.
So, I was pretty much not prepared when I was let go by the company. My resume was not updated, my job site accounts have been sitting in spider web for the past three years and I don’t even have a LinkedIn account. So I quickly setup my LinkedIn account and start adding people like crazy everyday for every possible opportunity.
I also start pull out the resume I have not been touching for the past three years and updated it with my job experience in previous company. As I was writing, I realized I have the most stuff to write for the past three years compare to the previous five years. In this three years, I learnt a lot of technical knowledge, gathering requirement from customers, provide them dedicate and fast service when the issue is a product bug. But it is still a challenge for me to put all those down in words so I seek help from my colleague to help me check on my grammar, the descriptive words I should use and format that is best for reading( Most resume actually didn’t get read, and those which get read only have 6 seconds to impress the reader).
It is important to always be prepared for incident like job loss.
Job hunting in some way very similar to the real hunting. You need to have the skill to make your weapon and fire them, but you also have to shoot at enough number of animals before you can get your preferred result. I have the skills from my previous job and I know they are valuable in the market. But it is still very important for me to go to market every day, talk to market people about the current situation and try for every possible position that is related to my skill. I have also applied to other positions that I know I will look really stupid if I was asked in for an interview, but I applied it anyway. It is a process I must go through, treat them as practice, and just keep going.
If there is job opportunity for you to try something new and learn new skill, take it. It is never too late or old to learn something new. In IT line, everything is changing very fast and anything you learn one or two years ago might not be relevant anymore. So no matter you are trying something new or stay with your old specialization, you have to keep learning. If your job is purely technical, enhance your technical skill till you are the go to person whenever your customer needs some technical advice. If your job is more toward sales/marketing, build that relationship and trust between your customer and you.