Job Search After a Layoff: 7 Ways to Start


Losing a job is stressful; an unexpected layoff can be devastating. Seven tips for making the most of your post-layoff job search.

Job search after a  layoff needs determination.
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In today’s economy, layoffs have become a fact of life. There is no such thing as an indispensable employee. Improved unemployment numbers aside, the possibility of losing your job and beginning a new job search is always present.

If you have a plan, it can make living with an unexpected job loss a whole less stressful. Few people genuinely prepare for unemployment, and they end up working double time to pick up the pieces of their lives.

After a layoff, the first thing to do is take control of the situation. It is the only real way to get back on track for your career.

A layoff shouldn’t keep you down. Seven ways to jumpstart your job search after a layoff:

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Resume Fatally Flawed? How to Make It Clear!


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By this time, you should know that typos and grammatical errors can be fatal to a resume.

However, there is one flaw that is the most deadly of them all—the perfect resume killer!

Rambling and unclear language.

Compared language that is all over the place, the occasional typo, outdated technology references or even an unexplained employment gap are somewhat excusable.

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A resume that does not concisely reveal the person you are and what you have done will be dead on arrival. It doesn’t matter how qualified you may be. A human resources staffer, hiring manager or recruiter cannot judge you on your qualifications if they are not able to FIND your qualifications.

A candidate may have the greatest technical skills in the world, but if they can’t immediately take it from reading a resume, that’s bad. What’s worse is reading your CV several times, and it still makes no sense.

How to avoid incoherence—the most fatal resume flaw:

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HR CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN TODAY’S JOB MARKET


HR Voices: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN TODAY’S JOB MARKET

Today’s HR Voices is by John Kriegsmann:

The current recession has been long and deep. The published rate of unemployment (which the Bureau of Labor Statistics refers to as U-3) has ranged from a high of 10 percent in 2009 to today’s rate 8.1 percent.

Unfortunately, the published U-3 rate only measures those workers who have been actively searching for work only in the past four weeks. It does not count discouraged workers who have stopped looking for jobs, or individuals who settle for part-time work because they cannot find a full-time job.

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Can increased productivity be an obstacle to employment growth?


EDMONTON, AB–from Troy Media

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productivity (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)

Even raising the question sounds odd, because productivity a good thing, right? The recent story south of the border – where the post-contraction task of getting the unemployment rate down has proven an uphill battle – gives us a valuable perspective on the timely question. Continue reading “Can increased productivity be an obstacle to employment growth?”