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How to Stay an Attractive Candidate Despite Recent Layoffs

Updated: Mar 1, 2023

With recent layoffs and an uncertain economic climate, employees are preparing for the possibility of an unknown future in their careers. We know lots of workers have recently lost their jobs or are looking for new ones, so UpstartHR has created a list of ways to help you remain an attractive candidate despite being laid off. Read below to find out more!


1. Take a class

There is always more to learn in any field or industry. Taking an extra class or getting a new license after being laid off is the perfect way to show potential employers that you are a constant learner looking for ways to expand your knowledge. It will show that you are trying to stay up to date in your field and that you are capable of constant skill growth and development. Instead of sitting around all day waiting to find a job, taking a class demonstrates that you are trying to improve and grow from obstacles that come your way.


2. Update your CV

Following a layoff, take some time to look over and update your resume. There are a few ways to make your CV stand out amongst the crowd. Generally, we recommend having a concise summary at the top of your CV describing who you are. Below should include your relevant work experiences in chronological order starting with your most recent position at the top. The last part of your CV should list your best hard and soft skills. If you need more help creating the perfect CV, check out our previous blog post here!


3. Reach out to a recruitment agency!

UpstartHR is here to help you find your next job! If you’re struggling with your job search, we can connect you with some really cool companies you might not know about otherwise. Reach out to us through our website or email to learn more about the companies we work with and the different opportunities we can help you find. You can also check out all our available job opportunities on our website. If you see a position that interests you, send us your contact information and CV. After, we’ll work together to set up a call so we can get to know you better and connect you with one of our great companies! Did we forget to mention this is all free for you?


4. Expand your network

You have the best chance of landing a new job through internal referrals. Following a layoff, reach out to your connections and let them know you’re looking for a job. Send your CV to everyone you already know and try to grow your network as much as possible. So many more opportunities open up through networking. The more people you know, the higher your chances of finding a job!


5. Practice your interview skills

Even if it feels uncomfortable, you should try practicing a mock interview with a friend or colleague! Rehearse how you would answer some of the interview questions you typically see while recruiting with different companies. In addition, research each company beforehand and share information about them throughout the interview. To best prepare for an interview, create a list of practice questions to use, sit at a desk with someone, and dress up as if the mock interview was real. Taking these measures will ensure you feel extra confident about the real thing.



There are lots of ways you can set yourself apart as a new applicant despite being laid off. While finding confidence after a layoff can be difficult at first, set yourself up for future success by using some of these tips during the recruitment process. Take a class, update your CV, connect with us, network with as many people as possible, and practice your interview skills! With all this information in mind, you'll definitely stand out as a new candidate.


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