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Out of a Job - Understanding, Coping, Surviving

Part 4 of 4

This is the final installment of a 4-part series. This issue is especially for those who have been laid off for a while and are back on the job market.

If you have been out of work for a while and are now back on the job market, take control of your future and plan for career success. Make decisions now and take decisive action to crystallize your career. If you are back on the job market due to a recent lay off (or other type of discharge), consider the following factors:

All is Not Lost

In this 4-part series, we attempted to provide practical, useful information to individuals who work in today’s work world. Keep the information presented in the initial installment in mind as you try to understand events occurring throughout the business environment (events occurring around—and potentially to—you). Keep the factors stressed in subsequent issues "at the forefront" of your thinking as you formulate and execute your career strategy. Doing so will keep you pointed in the right direction, help you keep your priorities in order, and help you maintain a proper perspective.

Although now sensitized to a variety of issues, round out your awareness by obtaining and reviewing information presented elsewhere. Move forward simultaneously on several fronts. Conduct a self-assessment, develop an action plan, and then execute your action plan in a planned and purposeful manner.

Make career change (whether planned or unplanned) a boost to a higher level!

For more information on this topic:

Refer to Fired, Laid Off, Out of a Job: A Manual for Understanding, Coping and Surviving (ISBN 1-56720-634-4, the Greenwood Publishing Group, base price $49.95, available at your local bookstore or through www.greenwood.com or at 800.225.5800).

B. Keith Simerson, Ed.D. is a Partner with Tradewinds Consulting: BKSimerson@TradewindsConsulting.com.

Michael D. McCormick, JD is an attorney in private practice in Illinois: michaeldmccormick@hotmail.com.

Anyone can offer legal information, only licensed lawyers can give legal advice. Information presented in this article is general. It is not based on your specific set of legal facts—it is meant to serve as helpful information, rather than advice. Contact a licensed attorney for advice tailored specifically for you.

© 2003 B. Keith Simerson and Michael D. McCormick. All rights reserved.

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