You’re going about dealing with it the right way! I used to work for an HR Consultant who was also a grief counselor while in the midst of PG&E downsizing a nuclear power plant. Some guys had their jobs since high school. It was my job to help the guys get their resume up-to-snuff and begin searching both internally at PG&E and externally. Here was my bosses advice to someone who walked in our door with a pink slip in their hand (ultimately, I was out of a job too after they determined they no longer needed us):
1). First thing, take some time, a few days to absorb the impact. Spend time with family, be with your kids…let everyone comfort you, this will recharge you for the tasks that lay ahead.
2). Alert your network, and you have done that here My boss would tell guys that 70% of jobs are found through networking, not sending resumes out cold. There are thousands of eyes here and the odds are someone has a lead, or knows someone that knows someone!!
3). Polish the resume, cross check and verify for errors. Remember, now most resumes are scanned and saved to databases (larger companies). Keywords are search terms, so spelling and grammar are paramount.
4). Start a multi-pronged search. Networking, Headhunters, Ads, Tech Journals, Tech Job Boards. A friend of mine at PG&E started this little BBS that grew into a Nexus for contract workers to find jobs. He ended up selling it and making a TON of money. Here it is:
Check out Aerospace/Aircraft. There might be something there, but I am sure other people here know of better examples.
5). Give it time. Then things will start hitting. Be sure to send a thank you note to every person who interviews you and remember to ASK for the job in the interview. Do role playing with someone to polish up on interview skills if you think you need to.
6). And channel negative energy… if you don’t want to exercise, just walk or get out and play with the kids. I thought my boss was nuts with this one. I didn’t want to do either, until I discovered how good climbing the stairs during lunch at work felt! I lost 10 pounds in 2 months
Good Luck Nik!! May The Force Be With You!! You will come out of this tunnel!!
Be sure to check out charter companies too. Here is one I know of: