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Laid Off? 10 Lessons I Learned From My Job Search

by Leslie King at

I was laid off from my job a year ago with no warning due to a company-wide reduction-in-force. I had only been at that startup company for six months, and so had just recently gone through the job search experience. With all the layoffs happening right now in the era of COVID-19, I wanted to share some of the lessons I learned at the time, along with helpful tips for searching for a new job.

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The Time to Look For a Job is NOW!

by Jason Alba at

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A friend of mine posted that he is sad, and snappy. This line particularly stuck out from a long Facebook post:

    "In February I was pretty much sitting on top of Maslow's Hierarchy. I had a great seat there, with a spectacular view. And then, over the course of a week, really, I got dumped to the bottom level and found that even that foundation was cracked.”   MORE

5 Ways to Reignite Your Job Search


It's a challenging time. If you were considering starting a job search before the COVID-19 pandemic, you may have lost your drive to go do it.   

    Now is not the time to wait. Competition will only increase. Reinvigorate your job search by taking these 5 steps.

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Our next edition…
Monday, May 18, 2020

House payment killing you?

Everything You Should Know

About Mortgage Forbearance

by Natalie Campisi at

More than 3.4 million Americans are in mortgage forbearance plans, which allows them to pause payments for a month to as long as a year. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to jolt the economy, more people will face financial difficulty, including how to pay their monthly mortgage bill.

    “The forbearance program is obviously designed to deal with the characteristics of this pandemic. This isn’t related to mortgage underwriting or a downturn in the economy — it’s a sudden disruption that’s believed to be temporary in which people can resume their normal life,” says Ed DeMarco, president of the Housing Policy Council (HPC). “A forbearance is a normal tool in the toolkit, it’s been used with some regularity with natural disasters, or any temporary emergency which disrupts normal living and income.”

Coronavirus Affecting Your Job Search?

We've added some additional material that we hope can help.

A Nifty

New Addition

With the proliferation of webinars (and such), beginning next Monday, May 18 Nifty50s will begin including a listing of online job search programs for you to review and register if you so desire.

Pass it Along

If you attend networking events and go to jobs clubs, you’ve been meeting other job seekers just like you. Mention the Nifty50s to them and encourage them to visit as well. You’ll be helping them and you’ll make an appreciative friend for yourself.

More Nifty Tips

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Connect the Dots

The importance of networking extends beyond the obvious

Ask anyone in the “jobs” business (i.e. recruiters, HR, etc.) and they will wax eloquently about the importance of networking. Few will argue with that.

    Yet many job seekers tell woeful tales of attending event after event, meeting after meeting, and all of the contacts they encounter along the way, no one has produced a job or even an interview.

    So then, if networking is all that important, how is it that so many people come up empty when they play the networking game? What is it about them that produces so few results?

    Chances are that there is nothing wrong with the individuals in question. The problem may lie in how they go about playing the networking game.

    In short, they don’t connect the dots. And what are the dots? Think back to those puzzles you played when you were young. Use your pencil to connect dots… drawing lines to connect one to two, two to three, three to four, etc. and when you’re done… Voila! You had a picture.

    Networking can be quite similar. Person A knows Person B who knows Person C who used to work with Person D, etc. The successful networker makes those connections and, in the end, ends up with the job.

    All those jobs that people get through networking – and most professionals agree that networking is the number one tool in a job search – are seldom secured through that first contact. Jobs are found in the outer ripples of networking.

    Some call it working the system. Others call it just plain networking.

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