5 Resources to Help Weather the Storm When Losing Your Job

“A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks he becomes”
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A friend of mine recently lost his job (his company shut down, no severance and no benefits) and, while he was “fine” financially while he was working, he is in financial distress now that he is out of work. While unemployment benefits covers a part of the salary gap, there is still a gaping hole for most people. Short of filing for bankruptcy, which is more difficult in recent years and certainly an embarrassing and drastic step, there are some things that you can do to ease some of the financial pain. Looking for a new job is stressful and time consuming enough, you want to minimize the time spent on financial difficulties so that you have time to look for a job (which will also help your financial situation. Today’s post is focused both on, easing the financial pain and first steps in job search when losing your job and planning ahead (in case you lose your job).

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Pounding the Pavement (Keyboard) for Jobs

Before you build a better mousetrap, it helps to know if there are any mice out there.
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A very long time ago, I remember looking for my first “real” job (as opposed to those that I held during college).  First of all, there were no personal computers, there were typewriters (it really was a long time ago). This meant I was typing my resume and each cover letter (and if I made a mistake, I started over). Furthermore, there were few copy machines. I brought my resume to a printer and had them “offset printed” or to the library to use their pay-per-copy machine. Research resources were generally the “want ads” in the local paper (you probably don’t remember the commercial tag line “I found my job through the NY Times”?). I would spend Sunday, cutting out job ads from the paper and then faxing my resume and cover letter to potential employers. Sometimes there were no fax numbers, but a P.O. box number to “snail mail” your resume (imagine how long that took).

Suggested Reading: The Job Search Action Plan: What You Need To Know To Get The Job You Want

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Your Job Search Marketing Toolkit – Your Elevator Speech Volume 2

There is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs.
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If you’ve been job hunting for any length of time, you’ve probably heard of the “Elevator Speech”. It is your short marketing speech (your job search objectives) and can be used in a variety of situations such as cold calls, job fairs, meeting someone at a networking event, yes – even an elevator!

Suggested Reading: Elevator Speeches That Get Results: Create A 30 Second Introduction For Greater Success

Why You Need an Elevator Speech:

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10 Questions to Ask at an Interview

-Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.-
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A job interview can be a scary and daunting process at times. This can be especially true if you are someone who is not experienced in interviewing. One of the absolute best ways of going into an interview feeling more prepared is to have some questions to ask during the interview. Oftentimes, many employers will also expect for you to ask a few questions during the interview, it is something that will show you have done a bit of research and are engaged in the process.

Not to mention, keep in mind that when you go into an interview, not only is the company looking at you, but you should also be looking at the company. So, you should have some questions as to settle any thoughts you might have about how the process at the organization works, or if the culture is something that will work for you.

Suggested Reading: 101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions

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5 Steps to a Great Internship – Create Your Target Lists

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.”
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In order to secure a great internship, you have to do your homework. Where would you like to work, what company inspires you, what skills do you want to learn or leverage?  Answering these questions is key to finding the best internship. The second article in this series was all about identifying your goals. If you read that article and identified your goals (industry, responsibilities and career goals), it’s time for the next step, which is making a target list of the companies that will provide the most value for you (if you didn’t get a chance to read the prequel to this article, take a look at Identify Your Goals). In addition to creating some lists, we’ve listed some great resources at the end of the article.

Suggested Reading:How to Get Any Job: Life Launch and Re-Launch for Everyone Under 30

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