By Staff Reports
(DGIwire) – A layoff can be devastating, especially if you’ve been working in the same industry for several years. And while the economy might be slightly better in 2015 than it was in 2007, too many Americans are getting “excessed” from jobs for any number of reasons.
According to a study by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, reported in the Los Angeles Times in September 2014, one in five U.S. workers was laid off in the past five years—and about 22 percent of those who lost their jobs still hadn’t found another one.
Here are some tips from CNN on how to ensure that your lack of employment is not lost time:
- Learn a new language. Spend 30 minutes every day learning a foreign language. With a foreign language under your belt, you’ll be in an excellent position to climb the ranks when the U.S. economy rebounds, or even take your talents abroad.
- Look for an internship. If you’re interested in a career transition, an internship allows you to learn from a company in a different industry in a relatively low-stakes environment. Seeking out this nontraditional type of situation will show initiative and confidence. And if you do a great job, you’ll be on the short list for a full-time position.
- Network, network, network. Always look for new ways to expand your network and utilize the one you already have. You might not be defined by your former position anymore but your skills are still marketable. Get involved with relevant professional associations and find opportunities to take on leadership roles to increase your visibility within the industry.
- Set up a buddy system. Find someone with a positive attitude that you can chat with regularly to keep you going. You can even set up small groups for support and encouragement.
- Take a class. Is there a skill that you lack or that might have previously held you back from advancement opportunities? In your free time, take a class that leads to professional credentials or technical proficiencies. It’s an easy way to beef up your résumé and make yourself more marketable.
- Volunteer. Volunteering gives people a sense of purpose and empowerment. This is critical to the self-esteem of job hunters, who often feel powerless after weeks or months of a fruitless job search.
“Getting laid off can be embarrassing, but don’t be afraid to seek help,” says Harry Edelson, founder and Managing Director of Edelson Technology Partners, which invests in promising companies and also serves as an advisor to leaders of multinational corporations. “At times, even the most talented and experienced people require assistance.”
In his new book, Positivity: How to Be Happier, Healthier, Smarter, and More Prosperous, Edelson offers sage advice on how to remain in good spirits—and in good health—even in the hardest of times. Edelson’s book is due out in September 2015 and is currently available for order on Amazon.
“I have never been unhappy—or sick—one day in my life,” Edelson declares. At 81 years young and still going strong as a major Wall Street player and a sought-after keynote speaker—Harry, we cheer you!