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Bounce back from a layoff with these job search strategies

While hiring has improved, the number of layoffs in recent months has been higher than a year ago, and it isn’t getting much easier for those who have been laid off to find new employment, according to OI Global Partners-Innovative Career Consulting.

“People who have been laid off recently, or are concerned about losing their jobs, need to learn what job-search tactics and strategies are working best in this job market,” said Susan Ruhl, Managing Partner with OI Partners-Innovative Career Consulting, a leading human resources consulting firm that specializes in career transition, executive coaching, leadership consulting and other workforce solutions.

“Although there are more jobs and the unemployment rate is lower, many of the jobs being created are part-time positions and there hasn’t been much improvement in the number of long-term unemployed or under-employed,” added Ruhl. “A number of employers are hiring workers at the same time as they are cutting some employees who do not have the skills they need. It remains a very challenging job market and it may be even more difficult to find a job today because employers are demanding a higher level of skills.”

Consultants at OI Global Partners-Innovative Career Consulting recommend these strategies for those who have recently been laid off:

1. Devote more effort to networking and less time to searching for jobs online.

2. Increase your personal contact by having more face-to-face meetings with networking contacts and recruiters rather than just phone or email.

3. Take advantage of outplacement career counseling if it’s offered and request it if it isn’t.

4. Update and focus your LinkedIn profile to align with what you want to do, starting with a headline that showcases your capabilities rather than a job title.

5. Expand your career possibilities by seeking contract/freelance work or even relocating.

6. Determine demand for your skills by studying job postings for occupations which are seeking experience and education you already have.

7. Transfer your experience to another industry or change careers.

8. Seek out specialized websites geared toward specific professions.

9. Get an “in” to targeted companies by building rapport with current past employees of targeted employers.

10. Explore government help which may provide no-charge training, re-training, or job placement assistance.


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About this Examiner: Kathryn Marion is the award-winning author of GRADS: TAKE CHARGE of Your First Year After College!, the most comprehensive resource for navigating the world of work and independent living after graduation, as well as host of the book’s companion resource site, The print edition of GRADS: TAKE CHARGE is available through Amazon and other online booksellers. The e-book edition is available through e-junkie.

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