What Have You Been Doing With Your Time Off

By | Feb 17, 2009

This post is part of my continueing series on being laid off. “What have you been doing with your time off?” I was surprised, after I was laid off earlier in the year, to get this question during an interview.  And even more surprised when I it happened on almost every interview I went on.   […]

COBRA – Tips for Manipulating the System Legally

By | Feb 10, 2009

In my continuing series on being laid off, I thought I would talk about what I’ve learned about COBRA. What Is COBRA? COBRA (named for the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act which governs it’s administration) is the system to retain your group health insurance after you leave a company.  You always have COBRA rights regardless […]

Networking for a New Job

By | Feb 6, 2009

As I said in Part 3 of my Laid Off series, times are hard right now.  Fewer and fewer job notices are being posted, with more and more competition for each one.  This means you may need to get creative in your job search.  Start brushing off your networking skills and start making contacts.  Remember, some […]

Job Outlook bad for Office Personnel

By | Feb 6, 2009

In my third installment of the I’ve Been Laid Off series, I’d like to share some numbers that came out this week.  The Conference Board, which sends out a monthly Help-wanted On-Line Data Series, released the data for January.  Office/Administrative Support Personnel Being Hit Hard According to The Conference Board’s January statistics, Office/Administrative Support personnel […]

Pumping Up Your Resume

By | Feb 4, 2009

Today, in the second installment of my Laid Off series, let’s talk about resumes.  Let’s face it, with so many people out of work and so many fewer employers hiring, there’s going to be a lot of competition for each job.  A potential employer is likely to spend only 10-15 seconds examining your resume before […]

So You’ve Been Laid Off

By | Feb 2, 2009

It’s a real kick in the gut, isn’t it?  Even if you’ve been expecting it, it just does something to you when you lose your job.  Having been down this path twice in the last two years, I thought I’d share some of what I’ve learned from my own experiences of being laid off.  All […]

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