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Laid Off?

4 Tips from Someone Who Has Been Through It

by Dina Louie at

A few years ago, I was laid off and subsequently went a solid year before I went back into the workforce as a full-time employee. I didn’t plan on being out of the workforce that long but as weeks of searching turned into months, it became quite evident I needed to prepare for a lot of “what ifs” that I never thought I’d have to think about.

    I learned a lot during that year and for those of you that find yourself in a similar situation (and that may be a lot of you once the economic effects of this pandemic are more obvious), here are some key points to consider.

Business Networking Isn’t Dead –

It’s Not Even in Hibernation

by Simone Douglas at

I heard on the grapevine, OK it was someone posting on LinkedIn, that business networking is meant to be dead in the wake of COVID-19 and I was actually stunned that they thought the world had stopped networking…

    Turns out nothing could be further from the truth and I think that there are a number of things driving us to reinvent what networking is in the modern age.

“How Do I Convince Others

To Take My Career Change Idea Seriously?”


Disillusioned with his work, Jason feels he's stumbled on the perfect career change. He's worked hard on re-training, and he's having lots of interesting conversations. But there's just one problem: people aren't buying. When your skills are unproven, how do you convince others to give you a chance?   MORE

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Making Your Job Easier

Seeking help in your job search is not a sign of weakness

Of course everyone needs help in a job search. And fortunately, help abounds. Reading this (we hope) is a help. There are other websites that offer help. There are people whose help is critical to a successful job search.

    Certainly all your networking contacts help. As do, colleagues, former co-workers, family members, friends, recruiters, job search groups, and even the government has been known to help on rare occasions.

    But let’s take a look at recruiters.

    First and foremost, recruiters can steer you toward jobs where you might have a good chance of being successful. Second, recruiters can help prepare you for the job market with resume and LinkedIn assistance, networking, etc.

    A critical service provided by recruiters is sometimes overlooked however. A good recruiter will offer this assistance, but even if it’s not forthcoming, you, the job seeker, should be asking these questions.

    In most cases, when recruiters arrange an interview for you, they already know the company, the job and, quite possibly, even the person with whom you will be interviewing. If you’re conscientious, you can find out a lot about the company and the job. But, you most likely will not know the interviewer.

    Here’s where your recruiter can help. Sometimes they can give you insights as to the type of candidate the company is seeking and how you can position yourself to fit that mold. They may be able to help you strategize as how to overcome objections as well as how to overcome other candidates strengths.

    If you’re working with a recruiter make certain that you can draw all the information possible from your recruiter as well as others within the recruiting firm. In a job search, any leg up is a plus.

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