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What to Do When Your Company is Gearing Up for Layoffs

RESUME WRITER: Darlene Z.
CATEGORY: Climb the Ladder at your Current Company
POSTED: May 20, 2011 at 7:07 pm

There are thousands of companies not only cutting positions and consolidating job responsibilities, but also closing their doors forever.  The failing economy took so many people by surprise and left many people out in the cold.  Employees who are in a state of denial and believe that their place in the organization is solid, need to come to the realization that everyone is replaceable.

Be Aware of Warning Signs

If your company has experienced a crunch in business, it could be a sign that jobs will be eliminated.  Your best bet is to have an updated resume ready and waiting in the event that this happens.  Once you see staff members going out the door, you could be next, regardless of what your boss may be telling you.  The last thing a company wants is to lose all their good people at once, so many times they will pace the layoffs to ensure things still run smoothly.

Your resume is a crucial part of a new job search and trying to prepare the document yourself can be a huge mistake.  It may seem that you can save money by writing your own resume, but in the end, if you don’t have an effective resume and cover letter, it may limit your chances for a rewarding career opportunity.  Imagine that you have one shot at the job of your dreams and you don’t have the best possible representation of your academic training and employment history.  A professional resume editor knows how to bring out your most significant accomplishments and consolidate your experience and training to show a prospective employer exactly what you have to offer.

Start Looking for a Job Before You Need One

Keep a close eye on the job market and be ready to apply for a new position when it arises.  Sometimes employers will simply be hiring to replace a key employee, so be sure to do your research and keep abreast of companies that are doing well and making money.  The last thing you want to do is jump from one employer to another and create a “job hopping” reputation that could potentially harm your chances of securing certain opportunities.  Companies like to hire people who have longevity with past employers because it shows a pattern of stability and proves their time and efforts in training won’t be wasted when hiring new staff members.

Maintaining confidentially is another important point to remember.  If you decide to test the waters and get into the job market, don’t share this with your co-workers who you believe are trustworthy.  When it comes to jobs and money, it isn’t in your best interest to confide in people within your organization.  When layoffs are looming, if your employer gets wind that you may be looking, they can easily target you as one of the first people out the door since you are probably leaving anyway.  To them, your actions may indicate a disloyalty and they really lose interest in doing all they can to help you keep your position.

Be ready for a change and don’t get caught without a plan for your future.  Only you can be the one in charge of your own career destiny.

Darlene Z.

Darlene Zambruski is a resume writing expert and CPRW (Certified Professional Resume Writer) with more than 13 years of industry experience. She has authored 10,000+ resumes in every industry and at every career level.

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