OT- Needing to find a new job!!

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OT- Needing to find a new job!!
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Fri, 01-21-2011 - 8:07pm

Well - after over 30years with the Compayn(I am a SR. W.C. Claim adjuser) I have been "downsized" out of my job! The company went thru some very dramatic changes and in the office I am in eventually they will all be out of a job. The upside is they are sending us to a Career Placement office that is helping us with the transition. I'll be working on the bones of my resume this weekend and then the Placement office has a resume expert that will put it all together! They also give us assistance for interviews and how to look for a new job. I've already been posting on Monster! and getting networking done. Even though we all saw this coming it is still hard!

Kathy

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Fri, 01-21-2011 - 9:03pm
Been there a few times - the worst time was in 1990, the day we'd closed on a new house; I walked back in and was told we were RIF'd. Then in '94 first I got let go, then dh did too (ds was 1.5) so we were both out for a while. DH was out the whole year ds was in 8th grade. At least here, having techy jobs means you're disposable. I was lucky enough to be brought back so I call it my 'unplanned sabbatical' but it's still rough whenever it's happened (dh has had it happen about 6 times since we've been married). Use any help they can provide. The resume may not need degrees any more vs. experience but you do want to put as many key words in as you can since that's how many of the online services get hits. Best of luck - I agree about how hard it is. Hugs.

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Fri, 01-21-2011 - 9:09pm

Oh Kathy, hold my hand.

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Fri, 01-21-2011 - 9:34pm
These are all great ideas! When I helped dd with her resume (and re-did my own), that's exactly how we structured ours. I have also found that indeed.com and craigslist post the most jobs. Dd found hers on craigslist. Foxymom - so sorry that this has happened after 30 years! I really, really hope that your years of experience will help you stand out when potential employers are looking. Remember the SOLE purpose of the resume is to catch their eye so you can get an interview. Good luck!

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Fri, 01-21-2011 - 10:14pm

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Fri, 01-21-2011 - 11:37pm

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Sat, 01-22-2011 - 9:46am

30 years in one job is an accomplishment in itself these days. One should feel proud to have managed such a feat. It also means, (I hope), that your retirement is secured. That doesn't mean the next years will be easy. It is indeed very tough to get a job as we age. Age discrimination is alive and well in this country.

Dh hubby has lost his job twice in our life, and jumped before losing his job many other times. It used to be easy to get another job. He'd have them lined up within a month. When he lost his job 4 years ago, it took 8 months to get another job, a demotion, and a major move. We were thankful.

We don't have 30 years of retirement accumulated. We don't have any pensions awaiting us, (except one that we don't know the value, but is likely 'maybe', around $50 a month). Retirement savings are way behind targets. We are struggling daily to attempt to catch up all those lost years towards a retirement. You are one up on us there.

We pray daily that dh keeps his current job. He hates his job. He is more than grateful to have it.

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Sat, 01-22-2011 - 8:08pm
Thanks for the information- actually all of the things you mentioned I learned on Thursday in my Career Planning class, actually the guy giving the class covered all the same pointers about resumes as you stated. I just have to give him the outline and he will write up the resume. My current employer is paying for us to attend these classes and they are very insightful and helpful. I've already been working on networking including linkdin. I've let some former employees know I'm looking and they've circulated my name too.
Kathy
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Sat, 01-22-2011 - 8:11pm
Thanks! Actually and honestly - I'm ready to go. I don't have any resentment or bad feelings- it is time for change. I'm thankful that the company is paying to send us to a Career Training/planning company that is helping with the transition. It is a place to get tips, they will help do up our resumes and if need be assist in job searches. I've got some leads. My DH has been very supportive. I have our dogs so I have something to do to relax.
Kathy
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Sat, 01-22-2011 - 8:15pm
Thanks for all the support & advice. The one advantage I do have is that right now I am still working until 2/11 -and I do have nice severance package so I have some transition time. The company is sending me (and the others that will be following) to a Career Planning/Transition company. They are very good at help ease you from one employment to the next. They will help with drafting up resumes and give interview pointers & tips, they also provide a space to do job searches, set up interviews use of phone,fax, computer, etc. I have access to them thru March so right now things are OK
Kathy
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Sun, 01-23-2011 - 2:13pm
Just spent a good hour or so updating & revamping my resume and sent it onto the Resume guru!
I think it is hard to "toot" your own horn ,yet so important to do so!
I do have a job contact that I have to call tomorrow & set up an interview date with
Kathy

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