“We have to get on social media,” it’s a common refrain of managers across the globe. The reasons for the request are valid on the surface — increased brand awareness, larger sales volumes, and efficient customer engagement — yet when employees get started on the channels they end up posting aimlessly without a coherent strategy. Fact of the matter is that social media strategies without effective planning add just as much value to the end reader as high school gossip. While it’s common for individuals to share memes and random bits of information with their audiences, businesses are held to a different standard.
So, you’ve gotten the news that you’re being let go from your employer for some reason. Regardless of whether the separation is due to actions within, or outside of your control, the fact of the matter is that you’re going to need a new job. After the separation, you’re likely going to fall into the trap of identifying yourself as a job seeker. Although technically it’s not a derogatory phrase, the term “job seeker” is a putdown for many because it implies the individual isn’t doing much with their time other than sending out job applications and hoping people get back to them.