Surviving A Layoff

Surviving A Layoff
By: Tiffany Sisson

Cape Girardeau, MO - Most people, never see a layoff coming. That's why it's important to have your ducks in a row. If your job is next to be cut, you'll be able to hit the ground running.
As a teacher, counselor, customer service representative, and human resource manager, Debbie Wideman has an extensive resume. She knows what it takes to get and keep a job. Wideman passes on those skills in a customer service class. "You want to stay on up on your technology," said Wideman.
One way to survive a layoff is to keep your skills current with the needs of the job market. "If you get behind on technology, you're going to fall off in the job market because you have to shine," explained Wideman.
Stay up to date on your accomplishments so you can produce a resume in 24 hours. "Sometimes we forget exactly what we have done. So, just always pull it up every once in awhile while our mind is fresh on what we've done," said Wideman.
Know what's going on in your company, so, if the axe is going to fall you can get out of the way quickly. "If you hear the company's lacking in sales, maybe you know that you've got a good idea you can alert the boss," said Wideman.
And, Wideman said to nurture contacts both in and outside of work, "Statistics show 85 % of the best jobs are never in the paper. It's all networking. It's all in who you know."
Employers often come to their own workers first, hoping they will give them an inside tip on a person who may have a good work ethic and a good attitude.
Below are some other ways to survive a layoff:
Be alert and well-informed at all times about the outlook for your employer and your job
Stay prepared financially. Always try to have enough cash in reserve to cover at least three months living expenses.
Keep your skills current with the needs of the job market.
Maintain an up-to-date record of your accomplishments so you can produce a resume in 24 hours.
Nurture contacts with people in your line of work.
Start immediately to launch your search for another, better job.
Prepare a plan to market yourself.
(Source:  Ramon Greenwood, Career Counselor)