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Lose Your Job? Things to Do Now
to Be Ready When the Economy Turns Around
by Ginnie Graham at tulsaworld.com
After a job loss, go ahead and mourn. You aren’t alone…
Everyone seems to be in survival mode, stunned and trying to figure out the next move… Self-reflection comes in the wake of this letdown. This is a more constructive way to redefine where to go next. It’s a chance to think about the kind of work to seek.
What To Do When Faced With Career Uncertainty
by Caroline Castrillon at forbes.com
If you are feeling overwhelmed, you’re not alone. That’s because humans crave certainty. As Greg Ip noted in a recent Wall Street Journal article,” It isn’t just the magnitude of this shock that is unprecedented but the uncertainty surrounding almost every facet of it—uncertainty that is corrosive in its own right." There are many things out of our control right now, including the severity of the coronavirus pandemic, the duration of social-distancing measures, the economic and financial impact, and government policy. What we can control is our own response to the current crisis. Whether you’ve been laid off or are working for a company that is on shaky ground, here are some steps you can take to deal with career uncertainty.
3 Things You Need To Know About April Job Search
by Kourtney Whitehead at forbes.com
No matter how much you prepare for your job search, a fair amount of the process will be out of your control and highly dependent on timing. The timeframe in which you seek a new job can dictate everything from the quantity and type of opportunities you find to the amount of negotiation power you ultimately have.
This is certainly the case as job seekers grapple with the economic disruptions and social distancing guidelines resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. It’s hard enough to know how to adjust to this new normal in your home life, and needing to secure your livelihood adds an additional layer of pressure.
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.
Wondering what to include on your resume?
Among the conundrums facing older job seekers is what to include on their resumes and what to talk about during job interviews. Because our work histories are so long and rich, we have a lot to talk about. But where do you draw the line?
There are a lot of theories. Some people say you should only include jobs you’ve held during the past 10 years; some say 15 years. Some say that anything beyond 15 years is irrelevant. But we have so much to talk about. I’m dying to tell you.
One solution that we espouse enjoys the beauty of simplicity. If you’re wondering whether or not to include something on your resume or to share something with an interviewer, ask yourself one, simple question: Does it pass the So What test?
If someone is reviewing your resume and they come across that item, will they ask themselves, “So what?” If you’re in an interview and you’re sharing something about your past work life, is the interview asking, “So what?” In other words, how is this relevant to anything; to the job; to the organization; etc. Why should anyone care?
Don’t delude yourself by thinking about how important it is to you. In this situation, what you think takes a back seat to what they think. If they’re not impressed, you lose. It’s as simple as that.
If you’re struggling over your resume, or if you’re confronted with whether or not to share some experience, some project, some accomplishment with an interviewer, ask yourself, “So what?” Will they, or should they care?
Therein lies the answer.