if you suspect — or you know for certain — that your current job is in jeopardy, it's a good idea to get your job-search ducks in a row. Here are some tips to help you deal with an imminent layoff and the hunt for the next job.
Note: These tips are based on an entry in BNET's Business Hacks blog.
1: Don't be shy — tell your social networks
Are you on LinkedIn? Facebook? Twitter? Spread the word. Best case, your announcement will generate some freelance opportunities to tide you over or actual leads to a viable job offer. Worst case, you'll get some sympathy from friends and acquaintances. Heck, maybe I was wrong about social networks.
2: It's resume time
Think about three ways to pitch yourself and create a unique boilerplate resume that speaks to each of those visions of your next job. As you apply for specific positions, you'll have an easier time fine-tuning your resume if you base your response on one of those semi-customized templates.
3: Safeguard your online work
If you're a creative type, like a Web designer or a writer, capture your online work in a format that doesn't depend upon someone else's server. Make screenshots or PDFs of anything awesome you created for your job before they pull it offline or perhaps go bankrupt and go to the great 404 in the sky. You can make your best examples part of the portfolio you assemble for your next job search.
4: Ping your freelance clients
Let folks know that your shingle is out. I'm not talking about people you worked with last year. I'm talking about anyone you worked with or for in the last decade. Dig deep into your Sent mail and your archived PST folders.
5: Update your Web site
You probably haven't touched it in months or years, and now you've got both spare time and a reason for it to shine. Showcase your portfolio and highlight the work you're most proud of. Make sure it's in great shape to sell yourself to anyone who might happen to visit.