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MSFC layoff aid

Despite the turmoil surrounding the cancellation of Constellation and development of the new Ares rockets, Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) is doing what it can to help displaced workers (RIFs) deal with both the emotional and the practical realities of being suddenly jobless.

With the nation's economy down, layoffs rampant, and jobless rates up, getting back to work is not as smooth sailing as many from the Ares Diaspora would hope. The Marshall Workforce Transition team is in place to help though. They will be continuing their Tuesday MSFC Transition workshops through September.

In addition to practical information on dealing with the realities of a layoff, the workshop includes updated job search information that will get you up to speed on how to incorporate the new technology websites, online job searches, and social media into your career transition. (That, by the way, is the new way to say you have been laid off and you are looking for a job. Career transition sounds so much nicer and much more professional than saying you are unemployed or even worse -- jobless.) Despite the fact you had nothing to do with it, the point is, there will be discussion on how to diplomatically handle the potential effect on potential employers of those words and those realities as you search for your next position.

A federal employment representative offers pointers on how to navigate the USA Jobs site and also provides practical information on how to apply for civil service jobs. The MSFC Employee Assistance Program (EAP), NASA civil service employee resource and counseling service, is also available to local Ares contractors affected by the layoffs.

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Copyright 2010 Regina Garson. All rights reserved.


  • Terry Hurlbut - Creationism Examiner 3 years ago

    That's nice--I think.

  • Scott Knutson - Philly Mystical-Spirituality Examiner 3 years ago

    Good information for folks in need.

  • Drew Denny - National Paddle Sports Examiner 3 years ago

    This is truly a tragic time in our lives as a whole and it is good to see community support for it's people. Too often the case is just the opposite.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    It would really help if the link embedded in the sentence, "It is a good idea to call ahead and reserve your place for the Tuesday workshops." Wasn't blocked by a firewall.



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