Wednesday, February 25, 2009

What to do if you have recently been laid off

It has been a rough time for the United States Employment. More than 3.6 million American have lost their jobs since early 2008, with nearly 600,000 of those jobs cut in January. Some people have found new positions while the nation’s unemployment rate stands at 7.6 percent.

Here are some tips of what to do if you are laid off.

1.Negotiate Smartly.
If you have any reason to suspect your company might do
lay-offs, be aware of the severance packages being offered by the company. Then if you are laid off, negotiate for a layoff package just as you would for a salary. Ask if you can cash in your earned vacation time, or sick and personal days accumulated.

2.File for Unemployment.
Those who were employees should qualify for unemployment benefits. File as soon as possible as it can take up to two weeks to receive a check. P/T workers and Contractors don’t receive unemployment benefits

3. Talk it out.
Tell others what you are going through such as family or friends and perhaps they may refer you to a job or know of a place that is hiring.

4.Do not sign up for COBRA immediately.
You have 60 days after leaving a job to apply for COBRA. You might get a job in 30 days and may not need the benefits.

5.Maintain old Contacts.
Write thank-you notes to you supervisor and colleagues enclosing your contact information. They may keep you in mind if an opportunity rises.

6.Get involved in social networking websites.
Post your resume on facebook, myspace, and HiredIn. Create a professional profile and be sure to include all your qualifications. Attend networking events in your area.

7.Tighten up on expenses.
Without a pay check, this means a tighter budget. Cut out magazine subscriptions, eating at restaurants and any other miscellaneous items that are not needed.

8.Stay Positive.
Easier said then done, right? Get up every morning and do some exercise. Then dedicate a certain time everyday for networking, applying for jobs, and attending work related events such as a job fair.

Feel free to leave any comments about how you got through a tough time after being laid off.

Don’t forget our first job fair for 2009 is Wednesday March 25th from 10am to 2pm at The Baltimore Convention center.

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