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photo creditPeople don’t like heavy lifting or soreness when it comes to physical training. As a former personal trainer, few people are willing to buy into the commitment it takes to achieve their goals. It takes resilience, grit, and grind to be consistent, in the areas of diet, self-control, and exercise. All three have to be deployed at once for success.

I am  blessed to be older and experienced in physical fitness, and can still add muscle. A few months out of the year, several weeks at a time, I will do some heavy workouts. The best way I’ve learned is to use a lower rep range, slower movements, and more time of rest between sets. Sound easy? It’s not. The amount of exertion is exhausting even with a 2-3 minute rest between sets.

If you’re trying to lift 85-100% of your max weight for a few reps you will sweat, feel your muscles stressed throughout your whole body, and desire the rest. Yes, it will take resilience, grit, and grind. You’ll hate the lifts, but to achieve your goals, you must love the process.

In short, this is part of a long term strategy to confuse your muscles to stimulate growth. Most of the lift the same way we did in college instead of diversifying your workouts. But I slightly digress, only to say a heavy workout, like other workouts, take time but the repeating the process is challenging.

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His response is like expecting major results after one workout. I think many job seekers think that way. One vigorous exercise should do it all. Or in his case, the same training should yield the desired results.

The body or the job search doesn’t work that way.

Your job search will take time. You have to supply the resilience, grit, and grind to be consistent and get results. You must deploy all three at once:

Resilience

Your ability to recover from a strenuous strength training workout is a key to consistency. Squats and deadlifts recruit most of your body’s muscles. There are times when you’ll experience mental and physical discomfort during recovery in your job search. But to achieve results, you’ll need to be consistent and do it all again even if results are infrequent. If you’re not gaining results, don’t change the intensity, just add or change job search strategies.

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Grind

Just as strength training leaves you feeling every rep you performed, so will you feel your job search in every call you make, question you answer, or assessment you take.  You check the mirror to see if there is a difference just like you are checking your email and voice messages. Sometimes seeing or experiencing one result or change brings elation. If it produces results in getting more contacts, more interviews, more looks at your LinkedIn profile, keep doing it.

Grit

People who want to see results finish with completeness. Many people give up when obstacles are in sight. If it’s raining, there’s an excuse. If he or she is tired, they rationalize efforts or the training and miss the opportunities to yield results. But the person with grit knows quitting is an option deferred.

Getting past slow results in your job search is similar to getting little results from working out.
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More reps aren’t always the answer. You may need to lift heavier with fewer reps. Do things differently.

Legend has it the David Pack, the lead singer for the 70s group Ambrosia (think “You’re the Biggest Part of Me“), was trying to get a job with a London Orchestra led by Leonard Bernstein. They hired him as their guitarist but told him he had to learn how to read music. Pack played guitar and keyboards but by ear. When they hired him, they said to come to work in a week, but he must know how to read music.

Although most musicians spend years learning this skill, Pack was determined to find out how in one week. Not only did he learn how to read music, but he played in the orchestra.

Resilience. Grit. Grind. Pack went on to win Grammys, score movie soundtracks, and other great accolades.

I plan to be 80 years old and talking about strength and power training. Similarly, I plan to help others in their careers when I’m older. There won’t be a full-time retirement, as I think learning is a lifelong endeavor. Enhancing your career is a lifelong journey. Rest and refresh whenever you need to, but don’t forget your career is like a muscle, if unchallenged, it won’t grow.

This article was originally published at Jobs2Careers.com

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This is your job search news – THE REINVENTION EDITION –– with articles and resources centered around learning so enjoy! I’ve read them, and you can feel free to comment on them in any form you’d like. Leave a message on the “send voicemail” button on your right. I’ll try to keep it short, fresh, and informative. If you have some news I need to know about, tweet me @MarkADyson!

Insights into reinvention through job search

I listen to Marc Miller’s Repurpose Your Career podcast regularly. This week his guest is our mutual friend, Hannah Morgan. The look at the changes in job search since 2007 and project how job search will change by 2028. Many people are still practicing some strategies and methods from 2007:

  • They care about the quality of resume paper
  • Looking for sending their resumes by fax
  • Searching listings by newspaper or online job boards
  • Create a dormant (and sometimes incomplete) LinkedIn profile
  • Encouraged to bring 20 copies of your resume to a job fair
  • Reliance on out of date phone numbers and email addresses to build networks

Listen to Marc and Hannah offer their insights on the present and the future of job search.  Reinventing your career will require being strategic about how you’ll find your next opportunities. You’ll need to stay apprised of modern job search tactics.

The risks involved in reinvention

This article suggests your reinvention efforts will be tested. I don’t know many people who have successfully pivoted in their career who didn’t face financial, reputation, or relationship risks. It’s  personal when family, friends, colleagues doubt your ability to pivot.

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You must be ready to sacrifice several parts of your livelihood:

  • Walk away from the good work you’ve invested time and money
  • It’s easy when you’re young, but when you’re older, there is increasing amounts of bias to bypass
  • The idea of starting over is daunting and defies logic in the sight of others

There are some great examples of reinvention in this article. Let me know your thoughts on it.

Did your the reinvention show, yet?

Anthony Quinones offered some suggestions on reinventing yourself through relationships and in the long run, building trust. You can listen below if you like.

If you haven’t already…
Use my contact information above to inquire about individual or group coaching. Or leave a message anytime on the “send voicemail” button on the side of any page of my blog.
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Speed matters when you’re applying for jobs. If you’re always waiting to get to a laptop, it might be too late.

That’s one reason for you to get comfortable with using your phone for more than Facebook videos and Instagram posts. Your phone is the most important communication tool you own. It’s time to unleash its potential in your job search.

Ready to use your smartphone to land a job? Try these tactics:

1. Report Live From Professional Events


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Are you at a professional event? Why not give a short synopsis of it on Facebook or LinkedIn? Some of your connections can’t make it to the event, but streaming it live is a way to include them nonetheless.

Perhaps you can interview the speaker(s) at the event. Not only will this yield valuable information for you, but someone will share your video with their connections, heightening your professional profile.

2. Record the Volunteer Training Session You’re Facilitating

Volunteering is an excellent way to fill employment gaps and is also useful for your online profiles.

By recording training sessions you lead, you not only help other volunteers, but you also demonstrate your competency to a wider audience. Employers and recruiters get an opportunity to see you in action. Published online, the video can offer hiring authorities a face, a voice, and proof of your potential.

3. Take Assessments

More and more companies are using pre-employment assessments as part of the hiring process. If you can take these assessments on the go, you’ll save time and prove your aptitude faster.

4. Engage With Companies on Social Media

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Many companies are actively engaging job seekers on social media, but they aren’t posting 24/7. Timeliness is everything, especially when you see companies post about job openings or receive a direct message about your resume. Recruiters and employers frequently promote job openings on social media. Your response time is critical if you want to land an interview.

5. Help Others

Mobile allows you to be useful in a timely way when it comes to opportunities with small windows. Forward job openings to your friends and colleagues as soon as you see them!

I see it time after time: People who actively help others experience reciprocation. This use for your smartphone is the most powerful of all. The more value you provide for others, the more efficient your job search will become. You’ll get noticed. You won’t have to convince anyone you’re a team-player when your timeline proves you are.

If you’re trying to differentiate yourself from the pack, you must consider your phone’s capabilities. Employers are expanding their talent searches to mobile, and they are engaging with potential job candidates via this channel. No one enjoys the laborious, confusing, and tedious online job search process. Your cell phone is your opportunity to stand out from the hundreds of candidates competing for your dream job.

This article was originally published on Recruiter.com.

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The Voice of Job Seekers by Mark Anthony Dyson, Mark Anthony Dy.. - 1w ago
If we are looking to advance our careers, reinvention is a must. It’s not what you think it is if you’re thinking makeover (although sometimes it is). Your reinvention efforts must fit and deliver what the employer’s need. I talk about it in more detail with Anthony Quinones.
What does reinvention mean for your career?
Here are three ways you can let us know:
  • Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number
  • Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen and leave a message
  • Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com
Let me share more about Anthony’s background:
Anthony is the Founder and Chief Reinvention Officer at Q-Ball Media, home of the “Your Point of Q” podcast. You can go to his blog here to listen. He has published several articles on Huffington Post and has made several other media appearances.

He has published two books:

Repackaging Everything

The Brandpreneur Beginners Guide
Here are highlights of our conversation on reinvention:
  • People used to look at reinvention as a cool and nice thing, but now it’s a necessity
  • New opportunities are now coming through temp work, contracts, and volunteering
  • Relationships are key to starting the reinvention process
  • 62% are finding jobs through referral
  • More job stability from the job search process from relationships than applying online
  • Employers trust a new hire who was referred by a current employee than a new hire who applied online
  • Trust is a key benefit from an employee referral
  • Saves money for the company
  • Your references help embed trust
  • Six types of key relationships: Friends, family, coworkers, ex-classmates, associations, people you know of (pyko or pee-co)
Reminder:
I am here for you! Use my contact information above to inquire about individual or group coaching. You can also sign up for my weekly newsletter at the top right of my page. I try to pack as much value in my newsletter to more than 2,000 subscribers as possible.
Grab my updated “118 Job Search Tips for the Modern Job Search in 2018”  here.
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The Voice of Job Seekers by Mark Anthony Dyson, Mark Anthony Dy.. - 3w ago

I decided to create an extensive resume advice show that offered many practical and actionable tactics and strategies. I invited Jessica Dillard back to the show to discuss personal branding aspects of resume writing and resume writing trends for 2018.

I will love it if you offer your struggles or tips for resume writing.

Here are three ways you can let us know:
  • Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number
  • Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen and leave a message
  • Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com
Here’s more information about Jessica: 
Dillard & Associates is a National Career Staffing and Resume Writing Firm and has worked with thousands of job seekers. I first met Jessica in 2014 when she joined my newsletter list a few years back. Jessica created her firm in 1997 and possessed awards throughout her 20+ years in business.
Highlights from our discussion: 
  • Resumes are supposed to invite the employer’s engagement
  • Ask yourself when writing your resume, “What is it your trying to convey?”
  • Relevance is the key to holding an employer’s interest and capture their attention. Relevance dictates the resume’s length
  • The most relevant information will be your last 10 years of employment. Go back further only if it’s relevant and needed
  • Consider your reader is using a mobile phone — length is even more essential
  • Method and timing of delivery matters. Keep a mobile version, upload it to a cloud service (Gmail is the most popular)
  • Your resume is optimally effective is when your career choice is clear, specific, and targeted. Write towards one position
Reminder:
I am here for you! Use my contact information above to inquire about individual or group coaching. You can also sign up for my weekly newsletter at the top right of my page. I try to pack as much value in my newsletter to more than 2,000 subscribers as possible.
Grab my updated “118 Job Search Tips for the Modern Job Search in 2018”  here.
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If it has been a few years since the last time you went on a job search, you need to know that things have changed. Sure, there’s advice from 2011 that still applies today – for example, networking is still a great idea. That being said, you’ll need to brush up on the latest job search strategies if you want to land a role.

One particularly important new development you should know about: Using social media to stay connected, visible, and engaged in your network is critical to job search success today.

Of course, that’s not where it ends. Here are 14 tips to help you find a new job like a modern job seeker:

1. Don’t Overestimate Tech

Artificial intelligence is a big deal in recruitment circles today, with many people claiming that chatbots like Mya will help you get your next interview.

The way I see it, unless Mya is advanced enough to laugh and cry, it isn’t likely to increase your chances of landing the job. It is still true today that nothing beats getting a referral from someone you know.

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2. Think Outside the Box to Gain New Skills

Volunteering, entrepreneurial ventures, and side gigs are great ways to gain new job experiences and skills.

Don’t accept “You don’t have the experience” as the final word. Go get that experience.
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3. Stay Engaged

The modern job seeker remains perpetually engaged in the job search in a number ways: networking, consulting, training (as both trainee and facilitator), professional development, and social media promotion. Take every opportunity you can to build your personal brand.

4. Breathe Life Into Your Resume

According to Jessica Dillard of Dillard & Associates, it’s time to stop treating your resume like a transactional document. Instead, use your various experiences to craft stories that demonstrate your results.

Furthermore, stop treating the job search as a transactional process. At every step, try to approach your job search as a “collaborative, engaging partnership,” Dillard says.

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5. Whip Out Your Phone

Your smartphone is an invaluable aid in your job search. Scanning documents, sending emails, submitting applications, completing assessments – you can do it all through your phone. You can also use your smartphone for career development purposes by accessing online courses and programs.

6. Higher Ed. Degrees: Not Totally Necessary

A higher education degree is no longer the sure bet to advance your career.

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7. Build a Team

Some career coaches are open to working with groups rather than single clients. See if you can find some like-minded professionals to start a “career partnership” group and split the cost of a career coach. You and your group members can also add value to one another’s job searches.

8. Get Past the ATS

Some reports suggest that more than 70 percent of resumes are rejected by applicant tracking systems (ATSs) before they’re ever seen by a human being. To ensure your resume gets through the gate, check out tools like Jobscan, which compares your resume against the job ad and suggests ways to improve your resume accordingly.

9. Offer Social Proof

Social media profiles alone are not enough. You’ll need social proof, too – that is, proof of the value you create as an employee shared by others on social media.

Are you engaged in the conversation at large in your industry? Have you published articles or peer-reviewed research? Does the industry recognize your contributions? More than 90 percent of recruiters check out potential candidates on social media. They’ll pay attention if they see you actively engaged in your industry – e.g., sharing industry news, interacting with thought leaders, and being praised by clients and coworkers.

10. Ready Your References

Many employers will require at least three people to vouch for you. I recommend having up to seven people who are ready to speak up on your behalf. You should know what these references will say if contacted and to which of your strengths they can speak most effectively.

11. Small Is Beautiful

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If you’ve never worked for a smaller operation before, you might also consider freelancing with a potential employer to test drive their culture before committing.

12. Stay on Your Toes

In-demand skills change constantly today, so you’ll have to be flexible. By 2021, more than a third of the skills considered “important” for today’s workers will have changed, according to the World Economic Forum.

13. Defensive Googling Is Essential

Recruiters will be looking you up on Google – you should do the same. Google yourself once a week. Take note of any results that tarnish your image – including those that may be about other people who happen to share your name.

For some help on managing your Google results, read this article.

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14. Archive Your Performance

Keep an exhaustive list of your professional accomplishments, the career development programs you’ve completed, the results you’ve achieved, and the positive impacts of your actions at work. Keep your old performance reviews and kudos emails. These things will help shape your outlook on the future, restore confidence during trying times, and build your resume.

If you ever say, “I’ve tried everything, but nothing has worked,” then you have given up too early. No job search strategy on this list – or any other list – is one and done. You may have to try targeting different people, companies, and locations until you yield results.

There are hundreds of job search tips available on the internet. Don’t attempt them all at once. Instead, try three or four at a time to see how well each works for you.

Thanks to venngage.com for the infographic and partnership. This article was originally published at recruiter.com!

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This is your job search news – THE POST HOLIDAY LAYOFFS EDITION –– with articles and resources centered around learning so enjoy! I’ve read them, and you can feel free to comment on them in any form you’d like. Leave a message on the “send voicemail” button on your right. I’ll try to keep it short, fresh, and informative. If you have some news I need to know about, tweet me @MarkADyson!

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Being fired vs. Being laid off

Some people are chuckling right now but there are some differences that are important to know your accessible benefits. Mostly, there is a difference in the employee’s performance. Being fired has everything to do with performance, and laid off has nothing to do with the employee’s performance. If the company offers a severance package, and you’re fired, likely you’re disqualified from receiving anything. Read here for more information!

Here are some more resources:

Survive Being Laid Off

Laid Off? Don’t Leave Without These Five Things

How to Bounce Back After Getting Laid Off

Latest podcast episode: LAYOFFS?

This may happen to you. I think everyone could benefit from this episode with Tom Spiggle. He is an attorney who enlightened us this week about severance packages and what to do you anticipate this happening to you. Don’t be too passive! You want to have your ducks in a row if/when this happens.

Listen here:

What’s hot in job search?

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If you’re trying to attract the eyes of employers and/or recruiters, or even more people on LinkedIn, you need to read this article on Inc. magazine by Suzanne Lucas (@EvilHRLady). She shares an anecdote to how to get more eyes on your LinkedIn updates (not articles but can be applied through your updates).

Why is it hot? Since you’re trying to meet the right people, you need to meet more people and yes, impress those who can refer or guide you.

I gave it a shot and sure enough, I got more than 7,000 views on one update. That’s more views I ever received.
Read the article here. Let me know your thoughts.

Come back next Friday for more job search news that’s relevant to conducting today’s modern job search.

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Your job search needs to be dynamic, but based on realistic expectations. We envy those who make it look easy. I liken it to getting and staying married. When I met my wife, it wasn’t “love at first sight.”

Are you ready for an emotional ride of sorts? Are you willing to employ grit and grind? That’s what it will take in 2017 and beyond. There is a lot of waiting, too. This is only one part of the job search because smart and savvy job seekers understand it’s a combination of their network, timing, and a strong personal brand in concert. A big part of it is your understanding of what an employer needs. Perhaps they need you at this time.

You won’t know until you’re willing to be a little bold (which is a realistic expectation).
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Looking at how easily other job seekers get jobs can hurt your mindset. I remember watching other couples, I wanted to be them, but with the right girl. It was going to take time—so will your job search.

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Is your job search network friendly? Are you prepared for incremental gains? Will you be persistent and resilient enough to remain the focus for a possible 6-9 month job search? The Bureau of Labor and Statistics says unemployment is below 5%, but people are more transient in their careers. Yes, baby boomers will work until they are 75 years old, but many people are advancing their careers by changing jobs. Right now, there are active and underemployed job seekers on the market, taking advantage of their employability by remaining employed while looking.

There won’t be an easy way to do it either. Today’s job search requires 100% engagement and a wide variety of approaches. The “click and submit” method is not nearly sufficient. I’ve heard other career professionals quote (and I have done so in the past) 80% of all jobs are not posted on job boards, but I don’t think it’s true. This article from the Wall Street Journal cites it too from 2013. I do think there’s a chunk of jobs not posted, and more existing because the employer hasn’t met you. Yet.

Realistic expectations don’t come naturally. You must insert them inside your strategy. I met my wife through her best friend, who I was dating at the time. As I mentioned, it wasn’t “love at first sight” for that reason. But her best friend and I didn’t work out, yet, I wasn’t focused on pursuing my future wife.

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Along the way your perspective will be challenged in many ways:

Downtime will challenge realistic expectations.

Dating is best when you have options. So is your job search. More people are searching for new opportunities, and if your job search is your “second job,” you won’t have much downtime. It does say you need to create some, and it’s challenging. Conversely, if you are unemployed, you have too much time and should create a schedule, a to-do list, and employ a multi-level approach. This means to create long-term career plans, not just to get the job now.

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Accountability sets realistic expectations.

Expanding and cultivating your network powers your job search. It is the tool to make your efforts meaningful and holistic. Invite people who are unabashedly truthful but empathetic as part of your team. Ask them to be truthful and reward them for it.

Informational interviews (business conversations) set realistic expectations.

Interviews with hiring managers fill in the blanks if you’re asking the right questions about the industry, the position, and the skills. When I became interested in my wife (a year removed from dating her best friend), I asked a lot of questions of our common friends. I didn’t want to come off desperate and knew they would report everything. If you go to an employer in a desperate state and ask for a job (that may not exist), you’re in the wrong mental space. Done right, it could enhance future conversations and interactions with other hiring managers, your resume, and your value. It’s intel for future conversations and real interviews unless they invite you to the party.

Continued learning will heighten realistic expectations.

Successful job candidates are perpetual learners. They find ways to add to his or her career arsenal and apply it their work, side hustles, or content. If you’re changing careers, standing out by teaching what you learned is a way to catch the eyes of recruiters or hiring managers since most people refuse to do everything that it takes. I think that was the turning point of my relationship, both of us learning and believing we’ll do what it takes.

Your spouse or partner will set realistic expectations in proper perspective.

Nothing sets reality in like the encouragement or discouragement from someone who intimately knows and depends on you. The beauty of having trust is embedded in your lives together even if they don’t understand completely what you do and how you do it. They will look at your life together and try to envision how it will look. I know many people find this the hardest, but it’s part of the part of the fabric.

Read 10 Ways Your Spouse Can Boost Your Career

Again, realistic expectations don’t happen on their own. There are pieces of the puzzle that must fit together for you to find the right employer, position, and life. After 27 years, I can tell you there is a constant reset of realistic expectations. We evolve and change as life brings us our next challenges. Your job search similarly will bring you a steady flow of caveats. You can’t do it alone. Plan to reset often.

This article was originally published at Jobs2Careers.com!

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The Voice of Job Seekers by Mark Anthony Dyson, Mark Anthony Dy.. - 1M ago

Tis the season for layoffs. You might need a new job search in 2018. As we speak, there are companies putting the final touches on separation agreements and/or severance packages. Well, the talk about departures or the rumored occurrences lately includes AdtalemAAPAetnaAFLACAllscriptsAllstateAIGAnadarkoArrisAT&TADPAvaya,  Baker HughesBank of AmericaBecton DickinsonBed Bath & BeyondBoeingBristol-Myers Squibb, and Broadcom. Not to mention every company that hired seasonal workers recently. This is why I am welcoming back to the show Tom Spiggle of Spiggle Law.

I want to hear from you of how this layoff episode resonates with you.

Here are places you can add to the conversation at large:

  • Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822, or text your comments to the same number
  • Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen and leave a message
  • Send email feedback to mark@thevoiceofjobseekers.com
More about Tom: 

Tom Spiggle is a former prosecutor and former Assistant U.S. Attorney. His website also has a very informative blog found at spigglelaw.com  He is regularly quoted in the media in such outlets as the Washington Post, CBS News, and many law journals.

Our discussion today is based on the article on Tom’s article on his blog, ” The Anatomy of a Severance Agreement.” This time of year is often feared for layoffs or departures. The Bureau of Labor Statistics clumps layoffs/departures as separations. Tom has a 6 part series to offer when you sign up with your email address.

Here are some highlights from our layoff show: 
  • Separation agreement – agreeing or wavering the right to sue, could include package with severance, outplacement services, etc  
  • Companies are not legally required to offer a separation package, no obligation
  • Talk to financial advisor to get your ducks in a row
  • If you think you may be laid off, and you have been sexually harassed, now is the time to file before any separation agreement
  • Tom addresses the five components of the severance agreement in more detail: payment, benefits, unemployment, references, and obligations.
Reminder:
I am here for you! Use my contact information above to inquire about individual or group coaching. You can also sign up for my weekly newsletter at the top right of my page. I try to pack as much value in my newsletter to more than 2,000 subscribers as possible.
Grab my updated “118 Job Search Tips for the Modern Job Search in 2018”  here.
You can buy my guides listed here for 99 cents each for the rest of the year! The regular price is $5.00 for most of the guides.
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