Amid mass layoffs, experts say a new approach to job searching is best

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As thousands of layoffs make headlines, experts say there is a silver lining — a resilient job market.

But to find your next position faster as companies cut costs, you may have to take a new approach.

In January, companies cut a record 82,307 positions, the highest number of job cuts announced since January 2009, according to Challenger, Gray & Christmas, an outplacement and business and executive coaching firm.

The top sectors affected by those job losses were finance and technology. Companies such as Citigroup, Google and Amazon have been affected.

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The fresh wave of technology layoffs has prompted Holly Lee, a career coach and former recruiting leader for Amazon, to reposition her approach with clients.

“Now I have basically transitioned my entire model into coaching people to calm down,” Lee said.

“I work really hard in building their confidence,” she said.

To successfully land a new position faster, it helps to adapt, Lee said.

Don’t fixate on one kind of role

Bring your authentic self

Having the right social networking skills can make a big difference in finding work faster, according to Lee.

For some people, that means shaking off their naturally introverted tendencies to become more extroverted.

“Now’s the time to bring more of your authentic self,” Lee said.

It helps to perfect your sales pitch for when you do land an interview or get face time in front of a prospective employer, according to Vicki Salemi, a career expert at Monster.

Look at your recent performance reviews to help highlight achievements and skills you want to boast about, Salemi said. Be sure to note transferrable skills, such as having the ability to lead with empathy, handle deadline-driven work or operate under a company’s budget.

Be persistent

When unemployed, it can be easy to sit back and wait for prospective employers to reach out. But those who are most successful in their job search are the most proactive, Lee said.

If you’re not finding luck in your search, don’t be afraid to try a new approach, she said.

“You can’t sit back and expect changes by doing the exact same thing that hasn’t worked,” Lee said.

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