Rebounding After a 2009 Layoff – Getting Back to Work

Rebound4Taking some time off to re-energize the batteries and re-acquaint yourself to your spouse and children after a 2009 layoff may be a good idea. Remember that the situation of unemployment affects everyone in the family, not just you. Children are very sensitive to the changes in the household and it is important to be open and honest with them. The support you gain from them will help you keep focused on your end goals.

Household Review

Now that the dust has settled, the goodbyes have been extended and the ceremonial exchange of e-mail address and cell phone numbers have been completed, it’s time to get down to business.

Family Time

Taking some time off to re-energize the batteries and re-acquaint yourself to your spouse and children may be a good idea. Remember that the situation of unemployment affects everyone in the family, not just you. Children are very sensitive to the changes in the household and it is important to be open and honest with them. The support you gain from them will help you keep focused on your end goals.

Since you are no longer out the door every morning, it may be a chance to take your child to school or see them in sports events that were always held during your normal work day.


If you are like many people, you have not saved much for a rainy day like today. If you have a month or two of salary in the bank, you are probably better off than most in your position. It is time to survey your personal/family balance sheet to identify your financial position.

Just like your previous company, you now need to list the current monthly expenses to see what can be cut from “The Budget”. If you have not done this exercise in awhile or at all, the data will be much more meaningful now that the income line (steady paycheck) is severed.

Income Streams – Your ability to survive financially will partially depend upon the amount of income you will have access to during the job search process. Accounting for severance, savings and unemployment compensation, knowing the overall amount of money coming in will be paramount to your sustainability.

Of course, if you are married, your spouse’s income may provide much needed financial support and health benefits during this time.

Expenses – No more morning $4.00 lattes and $10.00 lunches at the Deli… Eliminating the waste and trimming the fat is where you will have the most control over your financial position. Listing the monthly bills; mortgage, utilities, food and other essential expenditures will help map out the discretionary spending that may be able to be reduced or totally removed.

Self Evaluation

Now that you have a clear mind, know where you stand financially and have the support of family and friends, it is time to “Go Deep”. Have an open mind, clear thought, take a deep breath and look at yourself from the ground up.

Many find being let go from a job can be a time of reflection, a re-evaluation period to determine if the path you were traveling is still the one you want to continue on. Depending on your situation, you may elect to look at other industries, job descriptions or organizations that may interest you. The skills and talents you posses may be applicable and marketable in other sectors or industries that you may or may not have thought of before.

If you have an interest that has been hobby or side interest, you may elect to expand into that area. It is widely known that if you can earn a living doing what you love, you are truly a successful person. What better way to make a living, whether it be starting a business or landing a job that deals in that interest or area.

Take a look at the pros and cons of your previous role, the responsibilities you had and categorize them into what you enjoyed, and what you tolerated because it was part of the job. Search for the characteristics that define your likes and dislikes and list them out as a way to keep you focused on new opportunities that drive you in the direction you want to move toward.

Obviously, it is a personal decision whether or not the job you had is the type of job you want. Even though many people do not take the opportunity to step out of their comfort zone to toward their dream, but those that do, see their job loss as a launchpad for a new happier life direction they may not have taken if not for the downsizing they experienced.

Surviving alayoff in 2009 is not easy but, in this day and age, you do have a technology and tools to help you get back to work if you stay focused and organized.

Author: Oliver Stewart
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Interview Tips – Ten Top Do’s and Dont’s for Winning Interviews

DosandDontsIn this day and age it can become increasingly difficult to even get your foot in the door and get an interview; once youve accomplished that you will want to make sure you continue to put your best foot forward and nail the interview as well. Unfortunately, as great as their skills, experience and education are; the interview is where many people lose a job opportunity to their competition. Understanding what is acceptable and what is not acceptable in an interview are critical to receiving a job offer.

Tip # 1 Dress appropriately. If you dont take the time and effort to wear appropriate clothing to the interview, you will lose the job before you even get a chance to explain why you are the best candidate. What you wear to the interview will greatly depend upon the industry or field for which you are applying. Any office related position will require that you wear clothing that is no more casual than a button up shirt, slacks and tie for men and either a nice slacks/skirt and blouse combo for ladies or a dress/suit. Only under rare circumstances would you need to wear anything more casual and this generally includes fields such as transportation, construction, mechanics, etc. Additionally, clothing should be conservative and preferably reflect neutral tones. Avoid excessive jewelry. Dont go overboard on the use of cologne or perfume. Many people suffer from allergies and the last thing you want to do is cause your prospective employer an allergy attack.

Tip #2 Go to the interview alone. There is absolutely no reason for anyone else to attend the interview with you and this includes parents, children as well as spouses and significant others. If you are having a friend or relative drive you to the interview, politely ask them to wait outside for you. If for some reason, you are unable to obtain childcare for the time of your interview, phone ahead and politely ask to reschedule. While this is not the best way to start off your relationship with the employer, it is a much better option than taking your child with you.

Tip #3 Pace your conversation during the interview. There is a fine line between not talking enough and talking too much. Answer questions directly, elaborate when necessary but dont ramble.

Tip #4 Make sure you are polite to everyone you meet while you are waiting for your interview. This is extremely important because 1. These people may be your future co-workers and 2. You never know who has the boss ear and will report your rude behavior or unseemly conduct once youre out the door.

Tip #5 Arrive early. If your interview is scheduled for 1:00 pm; make sure you are there no later than 12:30 pm. It is quite common for employers to ask candidates to complete applications and other paperwork prior to their interview, whether they specify this when they schedule the interview with you or not.

Tip #6 Make sure you are prepared for the interview. This means that you have both practiced for the interview and have brought along all materials that you may need for any circumstance. (pens, pencils, notepad, extra copies of your resume, etc.) Also make sure you have copies of your drivers license and Social Security card in case the employer needs to make copies for future employment records.

Tip #7 Be honest! This cannot be emphasized enough. Employers many times move in the same social circles and there is a very good chance that if you fib during an interview you will be found out sooner or later. Even if you have already been hired, lying on an application or during an interview is grounds for dismissal with most companies.

Tip # 8 Dont smoke or chew tobacco just before or during your interview. Also remember to spit out gum, if you chew it. Additionally, if you do smoke, remember to spritz yourself with light cologne or perfume before you meet with the employer as well as pop in a breath mint.

Tip # 9 Turn off your cell phone and pager prior to your interview. There is nothing more insulting to an employer or disrupting during an interview to have a cell phone or page continue to ring/beep. Let your voice mail catch any incoming calls.

Tip #10 Be enthusiastic! Let the employer know how interested you are in the position and what a great job you can do.

Author: Roger Clark
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Rehab Technician

rehabtechName: Lee Jean Downs

Location: Tempe, AZ

Phone#: (602) 315-4599

Describe briefly what kind of job you are looking for?: I am an experienced personal trainer and ergonomic consultant. I specialize in injury prevention education and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries. In my capacity as an ergonomic consultant, I have helped people improve their work spaces so that they experience a reduction in pain and an increase in energy. My attention to detail leads me to ask my clients about their time in other environments, such as how they commute and any home office space, to seek ways to help them improve all environments with which they have contact. I perform a similar service for my personal training clients, but, usually without traveling to their place of work. I am always seeking to increase my knowledge in the fields of ergonomics, rehabilitation techniques and personal training. I seek a full-time, non-sales position located within 7 mi. of the intersection of Rural Rd. & Southern Ave. with an hourly pay of at least $12.00/hr. Principals only; please contact me via Ergsclmr at yahoo dot com. I give my e-mail address, because, my phone minutes are limited. Thank you for your time. I look forward to meeting you and using my extensive knowledge in kinesiology and many office skills as your new Rehabilitation Technician in the near future. Read more

Resume Do Nots: Avoid Resume Mistakes To Get More Interviews

mistakesHere are some tips and considerations to avoid making resume mistakes that can cost you.

1. Dont obsess about the length of your resume, focus on the content but do keep in mind that most people will get by with a 2 page resume. A third page should really only be used when absolutely necessary.

2. Dont include personal information in your resume such as age, hobbies or things of that nature. The goal of your resume is to get an interview not a date. Keep it professional.

3. Dont include any references to salary your current salary or desired salary in your resume.

4. Dont use personal pronouns such as I or Me or My in your resume.

5. Dont simultaneously email your resume to multiple recruiters or hiring managers in the same email. Send emails to individual contacts, one at a time, addressed to the specific person you are sending it to.

6. Dont forget that you no longer work for a company. If you have left the company, dont make it look on your resume like you are still working for the company. Include accurate start and end dates for each job you have held.

7. Dont embellish (ie. lie) on your resume if youre not prepared to have to explain yourself when youre caught.

8. Dont ask a recruiter to submit your resume for a job that youve already applied to yourself or through another recruiter.

9. Similarly, dont keep sending your resume to the same company over and over again. Observe their rules: if they say that they keep resumes on file for 6 months, then believe them. You dont need to send your resume every 2 weeks.

10. Dont apply for jobs you have no chance getting. There is a difference between submitting your resume to a company for consideration should a relevant job arise, and submitting your resume for a specific advertised job that you are not suited for. Learn to tell the difference otherwise hiring managers will be hitting delete the moment your emails arrive.

11. Dont list your references on your resume. They can be provided to the employer when the time comes. Plus, if you are using recruiters, they will most likely make a note of your references and contact them if they have a job that might suit them.

12. Dont send additional materials when submitting your resume for a job. If you need to supply educational transcripts or other materials, you can supply them when asked.

Author: Carl Mueller
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eeking relocation to Montreal. Innovative and results oriented individual seeking an employment opportunity in a progressive organization, which offers advancement opportunities. I would like an opportunity to provide original ideas and show my capability to bring an organization to new heights. Read more

Generation Y – Coming to Your Place – Ready Or Not!

People born between 1982 and 2000 the so-called Generation Y – represent 28% of the Australian population and worldwide, are the largest generational sector since the post-war baby boomer explosion of 1946-1964. It’s important, therefore, to understand who they are, why they are different and how this will impact the business world as employees.

Generations defined: Veterans 1926 – 1945 Boomers 1946 – 1964 Gen X 1965 – 1981 Gen Y 1982 – 2000

These are approximate dates as some demographers define the above differently. Whatever the period, all agree that Gen Y is different to all the previous generations and these differences will change the way we think about staff, job satisfaction, retention, customers and patients. So ready or not, you are going to face new challenges on how you communicate and do business. Read more

Don’t Want The Job? Do This!

Most people do not prepare properly for an interview. A lot of time, energy
and money are spent in preparation for the chance to have an interview
meeting with a prospective employer. However, little to no preparation is
done for the interview itself. Most professionals spend an incredible amount
of time preparing their resume, and even make a considerable investment to
have their resumes prepared by skilled professionals so as to increase their
chances of getting the interview. Ironically, many of these same professionals
will then spend minimal time or investment in making certain that their interview
skills are fine tuned.

Dear job seeker here is 25 years of collective business experience and wisdom
boiled down into this piece of advice. Don’t prepare for the interview, IF
you don’t want the JOB!

Having an employer ask you to interview is not the ultimate goal; it’s the
second to last step in the overall job search process. The candidate
interview is only one of several steps along the way. Being the very best
candidate during the interview will typically result in the candidate landing
that dream job offer. Many professionals make the same mistakes during the
job search process.

Amazingly, these well educated, highly skilled and experienced professionals
keep repeating the same mistake and yet, expect different results or outcomes
from candidate interviews. Often professionals treat the interview as something
that is a forgone conclusion. Somehow the confusion develops from thinking that
the interview is the same as the job offer, let me reassure everyone taking a few
minutes to read this article, in a word WRONG!

So, if your goal is not landing the job of your dreams, then all you have to do is
make the same critical errors outlined for you below. I promise you that if you
consistently make all of the common mistakes listed the only job you land is the
one you don’t want; an eternity of searching for your next job.

Far more interviews are lost than won. There are things that will work to
your advantage in an interview, and then again there are things that will
absolutely kill your chances. Here are some of the biggest mistakes to avoid,
if you want that job. Your chances for success vastly improve by not doing
what others do.

1. Don’t Conduct Any “Pre-Flight” Planning!

This is the single biggest mistake you can make. There is a direct
correlation to preparation and performance. Many professionals are walking
into their interviews ill-equipped and unprepared and expecting to make the
right impression. These professional are not walking away from the interview
with job offer and unfortunately become doomed to repeat the process until
the lesson is learned.

Good preparation means doing intensive research so that you know what you
need to know about the hiring authority, knowing your capabilities and what
you specifically can offer the hiring authority in the position they seek to
fill. You must prepare and then practice so as to be able to respond to
nearly any question thrown in your direction.

2. Don’t Be Dynamic, Be Passive During The Interview!

You do not need to conduct the interview. However, this is your time to shine.
You are in the spotlight. It’s your opportunity to prove that you are the
best candidate. It is not the interviewer’s job to pull the information from
you. Many people mistakenly believe that it’s up to the hiring authority’s
interviewer to figure out if you’re the best candidate. As the candidate, it
is your responsibility to make the interviewer aware of your capabilities and
why you are the best candidate to fill the open position.

Your goal is to make certain as you complete the interview, the interviewer
knows all of your qualifications and how you will make positive and powerful
contributions in your new position. By taking responsibility for your actions
and accepting that you must convey your skills, experience, talent and
persona in the most positive manner, it changes the way you prepare and how
you conduct yourself during the interview. It separates your candidacy from
the competition.

Often professionals “wing it” during the interview process. The problem is,
if you do that you are leaving your career to chance and letting someone else
take control of your destiny. If you want to succeed in an interview, you
have to be proactive and think on your feet. An interview is the starting
gate of a competitive race – there’s only one winner. You should be thinking
about what you need to say and do during the interview to be recognized as
the best candidate to fill the position. What does the interview seek to find
in a candidate? What do they want to hear from me? How can I be the candidate
they select? Don’t get caught up in the mindset of not preparing for the
interview, think it through and plan for all possibilities so that you can
beat the competition.

3. Why Make A Good First Impression? I Can Always Make A Second One, Right?

Wrong! Here’s the fact – it only takes a few minutes for the interviewer to
assess his/her first impression of you. You only get one chance to make a
first impression. If you make a great first impression, the interviewer will
automatically look for more positive contributions throughout the remainder
of the interview to justify their first impression. The reverse is true. If
you make a bad first impression, the interviewer will look for bad things to
justify their first impression. It is either a Win-Win or Lose-Lose proposition
with no middle ground. Your first impression must be good.

You must start out strong and maintain the strength.
Starting strong means greeting the interviewer with confidence, being
personable, and conducting yourself professionally at all times. No matter
how formal or informal the interviewer may appear during the interview
process, you must exude confidence and professional demeanor.
Maintaining strength means nailing the first couple questions and all the
subsequent questions thrown out at you.

One of the most difficult questions can also be one of the easiest to answer.
Most interviewers want to hear a strong answer to these four words,
“tell me about yourself”. Often these four words may be the most important
question asked during an interview. Consequently, the question becomes the
most important one you need to know how to answer.

4. Value? Value? We Don’t Know Our Stinkin Value!

Knowing your specific value relative to the hiring authority is a big part of
your preparation. More important is the ability to articulate your value in a
concise, professional and intelligent manner. It boils down to good verbal
and non-verbal communication skills.

A couple of different ways to improve your communication skills
in an interview: 1) prepare yourself – know your value, memorialize
it through documentation and then practice. 2) ask for help -a professional
sounding board being either a qualified (recruiter) friend or career
professional, i.e., search recruiter or career coach, and 3) reflect on your
self figuratively and also in the mirror (remember to smile
and relax your words will flow smoothly) and then practice some more.
You will leap ahead of other the other competing candidates as they will most
likely stumble their way through the interview process. You will be the
coherent, articulate, intelligent candidate clearly expressing why you are
the best choice. You’ll be remembered for all the right reasons unlike your

5. Fake It Until You Make It?

Everyone going through a job search and interview process experiences a time
when there may be at least one qualification that you don’t have – maybe its
lack of industry experience, lack of a degree or a specific accreditation
they’ve asked to see from you, it could be anything. If you do lack something
they want or need, you need to be ready to address it and do so with
confidence. Whatever you do always be direct and honest.

Unfortunately, during interviews we are often times screened out for
something we lack rather than the other way around. So interviewers need to
convinced that if you don’t have exactly what they seek, you can learn it
quickly, or you’ll get it, or you have another skill that makes up for it.
Don’t give them the opportunity to make a big deal out of something you lack…
be poised and confident without showing any signs of being nervous. Find an
answer that eliminates their concern and most likely they’ll select you based
on what you can offer rather than eliminate you for something they deem
important that you don’t possess.

Remember, a superior resume is valuable because it gets you the interview…but
superior interviewing skills will get you the job! Improve your interviewing
skills, learn the best practices and strategies to succeed, and you will
consistently get the offers you want.

Wishing You All Job Search and Interviewing Success!

Author: David A. Blender
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