The latest jobs report shows nearly 100,000 jobs were lost in September. If you’re part of that statistic or a recent layoff casualty, that’s discouraging. But there are some success stories.
Good Morning America’s Tory Johnson recently shared some tips on how some people turned their long-term layoff into a job. Here are a few of their tactics, which could help others in similar situations:
- Instead of flooding job boards with resumes, try to connect with people personally, and networking. There may not be a job opening now, but with persistence, one may open up.
- Pursue temp work. The head of a local temp agency told me there are a lot of temporary jobs available in Tulsa, more than they can fill. A temp job gets your foot in the door, and could lead to a permanent position.
- Pinpoint employers you want to work for, and keep in contact with them. Your target list may eventually hit the bulls-eye and land a job.
- Keep in touch with people you used to work with. Maintaining good relationships with former colleagues may get you hired back by a former employer in a different role. To do that, you’ll also have to stay civil with the ex-boss that may have handed you a pink slip.
- And here’s another one that got someone a job. They were laid off, wanted to work in the non-profit world, but got no response. So they volunteered their time for seven months, and it turned into a full-time paying job.
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