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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Unemployed and getting discouraged?

Fighting the Stigma

You can combat the stigma of  layoffs by supplying a sound explanation during interviews, I read this book by  Jim Camp, entitled "NO : The Only Negotiating System You Need for Work and Home." He proposes saying, "I have been laid off twice in the worst economy in 50 years."

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Before launching a job hunt, though, you must overcome your anger about your recurring joblessness. If you feel like a loser, those emotions will be reflected in your job interviews. I  believe helping the less fortunate in order to neutralize such negative sentiments during your search for paid work. Charity efforts that tap your key skills rebuild your self confidence and list of references.

You might pick a volunteer activity that already involves a company you're hoping will hire you. Your participation will get you networking with current employees, and a better sense of whether you fit into their culture. In going the extra mile to understand a possible employer, you also should talk with vendors, rivals and ex-staffers.  Use this deep "due diligence" to prepare lengthy reports about a company's challenges for hiring managers. Cheap weekend hotels deals at Save up to 50% plus a $10 instant discount. Book Now!

A customized Web page highlighting your relevance to a specific company offers another way to attract attention. Give officials a private link from your site where you describe how your experience would benefit their particular business. Relate it to the issues facing them.

To further widen awareness of your credentials, LinkedIn and Twitter links below your email signature. (The professional networking site and micro-blogging one now are popular recruiting tools.)

What I do is occasionally offer expert commentary through LinkedIn and Twitter, a tactic where I can advocate for something I believe in and showcase my knowledge of an industry or profession. I also recommends offering to take questions or give advice as a virtual consultant via Twitter. But give good, solid answers.

One challenge for victims of recent layoffs is surviving multiple interviews. As the applicant pool gets smaller with every round, people with repeat layoffs in their recent past may be at a disadvantage.

 Mr.Dangerfield is an I.A.P.D.A Certified Debt Specialist whom has worked in the finance industry for over a decade. He manages and is the author of "A Dangerfield Manifesto" and co-founder of SMG Holdings, the parent company of Squad Music Group, Dangerfield Artistic Entertainment SMG Publishing and Taboo Dangerfield Publishing
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