Losing your job via a layoff can certainly be an extremely traumatic and arduous experience. However, during these trying economic
times, buoyed by a shrinking economy, the prospects for unemployment increase dramatically. Public companies find themselves in a
situation where they have declining earnings, and the only way to pacify their stock-holding constituency and their ailing stock
price is through forced reductions. For non-public companies, the situation is similar, in that declining revenues and profit,
warrant staff reductions. During these kinds of turbulent economic times, employees have increased angst, and unemployment
can either occur or be a threat to occur.
Employees need to be proactive during these times. They need to anticipate unemployment, and act accordingly. If you have already
been layed off - then do not despair. We are going to help you get back on track.
Course of Action for Job Seekers
First and foremost, it is important to determine the type of job or career that you are seeking. Will you be looking for a
position similar to your last job, or will you be embarking on a new career ? You, and only you, can answer these questions.
Once you decide what you will be actively searching for, it is extremely important to understand that regardless of your technical
abilities, the Internet is your friend during these times. Without question, the most important activities that you can perform, to
significantly increase your chances for alternative employment or re-employment, are the
- Creating/updating your resume (see our Resume Services web page, for a detailed approach on how create and spice-up your resume for employers).
It is key that you structure your resume to emphasize your talents and work experience, as it relates to the position that you seek.
- Posting of your resume on as many reputable Job Boards as possible. Without question, this exercise will maximize your
potential reach to employers. By posting resumes on the boards, you will maximally leverage your time - employers will be able
to search and scan for your qualifications, with no action required on your part. This leveraging of your time is critical to
maximizing your exposure to the work force.
- Additionally, as a user of these job boards, you will be able to search for and apply to positions that are posted by employers.
As alluded to above, employers have their "favorite" job boards that they post positions for, so it will behoove you to gain access
to as many of the job boards below, as you can.
- Finally, we would be remiss, if we didn't mention that it is important to network with friends, relatives, acquaintances, and former
colleagues, to establish a web of contacts. It would behoove you to call or meet with as many of these contacts as possible, and to
Email the rest of them. Tell all of them that you have been layed off, and specify the types of jobs or careers that you are
looking to pursue. When it comes to ascertaining an interview, using these personal contacts may give you an edge over other
outside applicants for a given position. Use your networking capabilities to maximize your reach into the job market, and to augment your
job board posting efforts.
We recommend that you use Microsoft Word to prepare your resume, as this is the defacto standard in today's marketplace, since most
firms use Microsoft Office.
Job-Seeker Job Boards
Once your resume has been completed, it is time to create accounts on all of the following job boards. Please note, that the following
job boards are the most reputable and most utilized in the industry. Nowadays, they are used heavily by employers, who are searching for
employees. Most employers have their favorite job board amongst those described below, and most of them do not frequent each of them.
Thus, it is imperative and certainly wise to upload your resume to each of these job boards. Again, this will maximize your potential
reach, and also will not cost you a penny. All of the job boards below allow you to post your resume on their board for free. All that
will be required is that you create an account, sign up, and upload your resume to each board.
MAJOR Job Seeker Job Boards
You should post (upload) your resume to the following most-respected and highly utilized job boards (click on the links below):
- Job.com - An industry leading career
portal, they support both the U.S. and Canadian employment markets. Free registration and resume posting. They are one of the
top career sites on the Internet.
SECONDARY Job Seeker Job Boards
Additionally, you may want to consider posting your resume to some of the following well-respected niche job boards:
- Snagajob.com - This niche website
is the # 1 job website for hourly employment. They cater to part-time and full-time hourly jobs. Free registration and resume
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