Downsizing has now become a common word for our generation. We hear about it everyday in the news. It seems no industry is immune right now, even healthcare.
If you have been downsized recently here are a few tips to help your situation:
Network! Network! Network! Try these ideas:
Social networking sites (Facebook, My Space, Linked In, Tagged etc.) are great ways to find old co-workers and reconnect.
Find a medical or pharmaceutical sales association in your area.
Spend time developing your resume and “brag book” materials. Ask yourself if your resume sells you in a couple of seconds. If you not look like a “winner” on paper, you will not get interviews. Make sure your resume is a sales tool and not a job description.
Read current trade magazines and books. Many interviewers today ask what books you are reading. It is great to know the latest sales process strategies.
If you apply for a job, keep a record of how you heard about the opportunity and when you applied. This record will be helpful when you are working with multiple recruitment firms.
Avoid discouragement. The famous serenity prayer works well. It goes like this “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference.” ~ Reinhold Niebuhr.