"Don't ask for a light load, but rather  ask for a strong back."


                                               "One's best success comes after his greatest disappointment."
                                                                                         Henry Ward Beecher

                                                   As you begin your job search and recover from loss
                                         remember that you still have a job.  You have research to do, a
                                         resume to prepare, and you need to work on your interview
                                         presentation.  NEXT?  Schedule those interviews.



   "Keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final."
    Roger Ward Babson



Are you unemployed or seeking a job change?   As you strive to recover from job loss, networking is a critical part of the job search.  This is especially true in the current job market.  Beginning a job search requires serious planning. 


First, develop a plan for your job search.  Give some thought to your skills, interests and experience.  Start a list with this information.  Determine how much time you will devote to the job search.  If you are part of the job loss recovery, you need to dedicate the same number of hours to your job search as you would to a job.


Next, prepare a current resume.  If you have skills, experience or education applicable to more than one industry, you need more than one resume.  If you need some guidance with the resume preparation, there are books and software programs available to assist you.


When you have finished the groundwork by developing a plan and preparing a resume, you are ready to begin the networking process for your job search.


First, set up a system to organize your networking endeavor to recover from job loss.  This step is extremely important to your networking success.  Without organization, this process will not succeed.  You can set up a spreadsheet on the computer or use the old-fashioned spiral notebook.  Who should be included in your network?  Include friends, family, co-workers or previous co-workers as a starting point.  Write down names, addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers, email addresses and a date column to track communications.  You also need space to write comments and notes after each contact.  Now, add to your network names of church members, your hairdresser and neighbors.  You may have a conversation in a doctor’s waiting room that leads to a job possibility.  Add former employers and former classmates because anyone may be a source of information that results in a job.  Once the initial network has been set up, go online and visit job boards.


You now have your plan, your current resume and your initial network has been set up.  Begin contacting the network by phone, email or mail.  Let everyone know that you are looking for a job.  You may be asked for a copy of your resume; be sure to send it right away.


Stay in contact with your network by following up at least once a week.  Keep them informed of your job search progress and be sure to thank each one. 


Do not underestimate the power of your network in job loss recovery.  It has been reported that at least 60% of all jobs are found by networking.  Some career experts report that networking accounts for far more than 60% of jobs found.  Once you have your new job, contact everyone in the network and share the good news.  Send everyone a thank you note for their time and effort on your behalf. 


ARE YOU AN OLDER WORKER LOOKING FOR A JOB?    Unfortunately, older workers face unique challenges as they start the job search.  As we all know, "older" can be 40 or 60.  We know that there are laws against age discrimination and yet it exists.  Depending on the industry, you can be deemed "too old" at 40.  Of course, this will never be verbalized - you just will not get the interview or the job.   BUT THERE IS GOOD NEWS.  You can reinvent yourself by finding an industry that accepts older workers and take classes to meet the qualifications.  You can also explore the possibility of starting your own small business.  Believe it or not, there are legitimate opportunities that enable work from home as an independent contractor.



If you are employed, do your best to stay that way.   This is not a great time to be looking for a job.  Consider these tips for remaining employed.


1)      Be a team player.  No matter what position you hold, at some point you will need the support and cooperation of your coworkers.  Keep that in mind when you have an opportunity to assist or support a coworker.  You can be sure that your supportive action will be observed by management. 


2)      Don’t take personal calls or surf the Web at work.  You are not being paid to conduct personal business at work.   Many office computers are now monitored by the IT Department.  Sending your resume, checking job sites, or visiting adult oriented web sites from the computer at work places your job in jeopardy.  You may be just one click away from the unemployment line.


3)      Focus on your assigned task or project.  Having an assignment to complete gives you an opportunity to shine.  Put your very best effort into every project and provide an excellent work product.  This action will speak volumes on your behalf.


4)      Be on time and avoid absences.  Your boss is counting on each and every employee to be at work and on time.  With so many companies cutting back on staff, each remaining employee needs to be fully engaged.   You’re counting on that next pay check, right?  The company and the boss are counting on you.



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