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Handling Job Loss as a Family

You’d been hearing the rumors off and on that “changes” might be coming, and, despite declarations in the news that the recession is over, it hasn’t felt that way.

One day, you are called down to a conference room with 15 of your co-workers. You sit outside the room, waiting – dreading – your turn. But eventually, your name is called. The HR manager and your boss’ boss sit at one end of a very long table, and you take a seat at the other end. The walls seem especially cold and sterile.

The HR manager speaks: “The past several quarters have been very challenging for us. In the analysis of our operations, it has been decided to downsize. We regret to inform you that you will be laid off…

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How to Determine & Emphasize Your Transferable Skills

Every job, class project or volunteer work assignment teaches us something. While the position itself might not be something that you’d like to emphasize on your resume or in your work history (such as that stint you worked in fast food), it can still be a valuable experience in terms of transferable skills you gained at the opportunity.

Transferable skills are the skills you’ve gathered through previous experience (jobs, hobbies, volunteer work, etc.) that can be used in your next job or new career.

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