Posted by: Ed Tittel
business writing, coping with job loss, IT career planning, IT job search, soft skills
I was sitting in the living room last night flipping through magazines while the boy was watching Spongebob Squarepants. For some reason, I just can’t get into watching the same episode repeatedly, but Gregory has no trouble with that at all. One rag under scrutiny last night included the latest issue of Reader’s Digest (March 2009). Though I don’t often think of this publication as a source for high-tech information or advice, there’s an article in this issue that bears reading for those who might be looking for work right now, and for those who might be worried about losing their jobs.
The story is entitled “What To Do When You Lose Your Job” and is available online so you needn’t run out and buy a copy of the magazine just to access this lone item. You’ll find an interesting catalog of euphemisms for pending or actual layoffs and a discussion of the types of jobs most likely to disappear when layoffs actually hit.
The story goes on to tout the benefits of working with a career coach to get back into the workforce, and to make sure you, your resume, and cover letter make the best possible impression when you put yourself back out there to pursue a new position. There’s also some useful discussion of the time it takes to get back on the job (the old “one month for each $10,000 of salary” has apparently been revised to “one to two months for each $10,000 of salary” in another telling sign of the state of this economy), along with use of e-resumes, use of personal Web presences, and resume tune-ups.
Be sure to check out this links on this page to other related stories as well, including:
- Negative cover letter and resume examples (what NOT to do).
- How to Find a New Job
- 9 Recession-Proof Careers
- Career Experts Offer Advice to 6 People Out of Work
It’s a truism that by the time news hits Reader’s Digest it’s attained the status of “something everybody knows.” For this kind of news to hit its pages, therefore, may very well be a sign that that bottom of this trough is now in sight. Here’s hoping so, anyway!