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10 Things to do After a Layoff, to Get Yourself Back on Track

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Losing a job is stressful. In fact, it is the eighth most stressful event in someone’s life (according to the Holmes and Rahe stress scale). Much of the stress associated with being laid off comes from the many uncertainties that suddenly arise. There is a lot to take in, a lot to process, and a lot to start doing, all in a short period of time.

If you’ve recently been through a layoff, here are 10 things you can do to help yourself recover and get on track toward landing your next job. (more…)

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Tips for Returning to the Workforce after a Long Break

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By Kathy McAuliffe

So you have been out of the workforce for the past 10 years.  Perhaps you were child-rearing, or tending to an ill family member who has now passed away.  Maybe you were serving in the armed forces, or running your own fishing boat business in the Bahamas.

Now you want to go back into the world of “work.”  If you approach it the right way, you can make it a less difficult and time-consuming process; however, it will take planning and preparation before you even start your job search.

Here are some ideas to get you thinking about what you need to do to get ready for the plunge.

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Do's and Don'ts of Writing a Good Resume

The Do’s and Don’ts of Writing a Good Resume

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If you try Googling the phrase “good resume,” you’ll get something like 67,400,000 results. That’s a mountain of resume advice.

How, then, should you approach writing a good resume?

To help answer that question, we asked HR professionals in the DuPage County area for their opinions on the biggest resume do’s and don’ts. Read on to see what they had to say.
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See How Your Job Search Stacks Up: Results of Our Job Seeker Survey

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Job search is more complicated than it used to be. A competitive job market and newer technologies have required job seekers to be savvier and more knowledgeable than ever. You must hunt for jobs and market yourself to employers in a variety of ways if you expect to get an interview, let alone a job.

We decided to conduct a survey of job seekers in the DuPage area, to see what they’re doing in their job search, and what’s working for them. The results of the job seeker survey are presented below; with this info you’ll be able to:

  • See how your job search stacks up against what others are doing, and
  • Get key insights and takeaways about an effective job search (be sure to read the last section, Patterns, Trends and Takeaways).

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smartphone with to-do list

10 Things to do After a Layoff, to Get Yourself Back on Track

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Losing a job is stressful. In fact, it is the eighth most stressful event in someone’s life (according to the Holmes and Rahe stress scale). Much of the stress associated with being laid off comes from the many uncertainties that suddenly arise. There is a lot to take in, a lot to process, and a lot to start doing, all in a short period of time.

If you’ve recently been through a layoff, here are 10 things you can do to help yourself recover and get on track toward landing your next job. (more…)

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