Tips To Survive A Layoff

Written by Nathan Newberger

This career article will quickly give you eight MUST know tips on effectively surviving a layoff.

****** FACT ****** Losing a job is one ofrepparttar most stressful life events. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. With this in mind, you will need a good action plan in order to recover as quickly as possible from a job loss.

The following eight tips will help make sure that recover from a layoff sooner than you think.

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#1 - DON'T PANIC: You may have lost your job but you have not lost everything. You are a skilled individual and will work again. Do not ever lose sight of these two simple sentences. Do not let yourself fall into a spiral of negative thinking. Think back to allrepparttar 138001 other people that you know of that have lost jobs inrepparttar 138002 past and are now successfully employed.

#2 - REFLECT AND RECOVER: Step back and clear your head. Anger and fear are two ofrepparttar 138003 most common emotions experienced after a job-loss. Neither is conducive to clear thinking or good decision-making. Take some time to talk through your feelings of loss with friends and family members. If this does not help, considerrepparttar 138004 services of a professional counselor. Sort through your emotional baggage or else risk dragging it with you on your job-search. #3 - ORGANIZE YOUR FINANCES: Take a serious look at your spending habits. List out your monthly expenses into 2 groups- absolutely necessary and optional. If you have already been laid off you should limit your spending torepparttar 138005 first category. If you are still employed but fearing whatrepparttar 138006 future may hold, start cutting back inrepparttar 138007 second category. A general rule of thumb is to keeprepparttar 138008 enough cash to cover at least two months worth of expenses inrepparttar 138009 bank for emergencies. If you have not had a chance to do so as ofrepparttar 138010 time of termination, you still have options. Don’t forget that most companies offer a severance package to laid off employees. In addition you can also contact your local un-employment agency regarding unemployment benefits. #4 - INSURANCE: Just because you have lost your job does not mean that you and your family have immediately lost all insurance coverage that you had while you were employed. It just means that now you are responsible for paying for it all by yourself. Under COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act) generally you can remain on your former employer’s plan for up to 18 months as long as you payrepparttar 138011 premiums. Remember that there are time limits for signing up for COBRA. You can get more COBRA information fromrepparttar 138012 human resources department of your former employer.

#5 - UPDATE YOUR RESUME: Take account of allrepparttar 138013 skills and responsibilities that you acquired on your last job. Make sure that you include these on your updated resume. And remember this is notrepparttar 138014 time to be modest; be proud of your accomplishments. If you are unsure on how to lay out or word your resume, then you can find many examples of successful resumes onrepparttar 138015 Internet or in your local bookstore. Definitely have a friend or family member review your resume. Remember that a good resume can often makerepparttar 138016 difference between being granted an interview or not. Takerepparttar 138017 time to make your resume shine. #6 - ACTIVATE YOUR NETWORK: Do not be ashamed that you have been laid off. Tell everyone that you think can help that you are looking for work. This does not mean that you should cry onrepparttar 138018 shoulder of anyone that will listen. What this does mean is that you should be prepared to tell friends, family and even acquaintances that you are looking for work, what types of skills you have andrepparttar 138019 types of jobs that you would be interested in.

History Reports: When Your Resume Equals, "I did this, I did this, I did this"

Written by Steven Bristow

When you read your resume out loud, does it sound like a history report? Even with many adjectivesrepparttar theme can surprisingly sound repetitive.

Do these sound familiar?

“I worked for…” “My responsibilities were…” “My duties included…”

Does a prospective employer care about what you “did for other companies”? Of course they do, but that doesn’t mean that’s what they really want to know. Conducting a job search is a marketing campaign, moreover, a sales process, not your personal history lesson.

Do you consider obtaining a position a sales process? If not, you should. There are many ways to make a sale but all of them include a marketing campaign. Your resume is your marketing tool. It is your most important marketing tool. Make sure your marketing tools reflect what you bring to a company, not what you once brought to other companies.

Does a hiring manager care about what your duties were in a position you had 10 years ago? Maybe, if they are associated with a position you are seeking.

Is a hiring manager more concerned with your abilities to handlerepparttar 137942 duties of their open position? You betcha! Any professional marketer or salesman will tell you that “building value” is key when conducting a sale.

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