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I ran into a friend the other day as I was leaving the gym. After the standard "How are you?" he explained that he has received his 30 day notice from the company he has worked at for 20 years. It was clear from talking to him that this is a huge blow. He has always been a good performer and, prior to his company's merger with another large company; he was managing a team of people as well. Life has been good for him until now. Understandably, he is very hurt by the situation. So how does one react to the news that their services are no longer needed? Is it OK to be upset?

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Social Media has exploded onto the scene in the last few years. There are almost too many sites to name. The biggest ones are probably MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. What you are doing on these sites, or not doing, can aid or hinder your job search success. You need to remember that the information you display on these sites is visible to virtually anyone.

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I'm a very fortunate guy. After yesterday's article, a friend I greatly respect emailed me and took me to task for conveying a hopeless situation to readers of the article. That certainly was not the intention. She ended her note to me with the admonition "They need hope, help and encouragement." This is a very fair statement and I am taking it to heart. As I have stated before, my goal is to motivate individuals to take charge to not only find work, but to find work they love. The truth is, even though we do get a lot of doom and gloom from the media, there is hope for job seekers, and they should be optimistic.

 

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Unemployment for young people ages 16-29 is at 15.2%, the highest since 1948. The current recession has seen young people moving back in with their parents to make ends meet, and college grads are facing a difficult job market with lots of student debt.

 

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I talked in my last article about how your attitude may be sabotaging your job search. Hopefully, if you’ve been wallowing in self-pity, you have that out of your system. Maybe the stories of the two women I cited have encouraged you. Now, I’m going to highlight ways you may be sabotaging your job search without realizing it.

 

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So my last article, I finished it by stating that regardless of what you read in the news, you are responsible for your own employment. I then suggested that you might need to consider launching your own venture.

Apparently this paragraph set off one of my readers on Examiner.com. The commenter took issue with suggesting that an individual with no skills could start their own business without money. They then took to making my points a political statement and a result of a "misguided protestant work ethic."it

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Here in the Charlotte area, the unemployment rate has reached 12.8%. This is the highest rate in 20 years, and all signs are that it will be a very slow descent, possibly years, before the region recovers. One economist predicts that the rate will still be around 11% around the end of 2010. What does this mean to you?

 

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So the news is talking about more job fairs coming to town. Are they worth the trouble? What are the advantages/disadvantages of going? When should you go, and when should you stay home? For me personally, I enjoy job fairs about as much as the county or state fair, which I haven't been to in years.

 

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All too often we limit ourselves as to the options available to us. We see most options as binary, that is, one or the other. We don't look for imaginative or creative solutions to the "problems" we are presented,or we discount things that interest us as being unable to generate income. Why is that?

I just came back from a trade show today in Greenville, SC, on behalf of a client I'm working with whose story we will feature soon.  After speaking to several of the vendors there, I left very encouraged about the project we are working on, and that her project finally coming to fruition. It's been a long journey for her, and she is starting to see the dream come true after a number of setbacks. What if she had just thrown this idea to the side after she hit her first roadblocks two years ago? She didn't do that and now we believe that early in 2010, she will begin to earn an income from her idea.

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We should not fear the threat of a layoff, but rather embrace the opportunity should it present itself.  More new businesses get started during recessions than at other times. One of the common things people who lose their jobs and then find a better job or career say is "getting fired was one of the best things that ever happened to me."

A layoff is a great time to decide your next employment opportunity,or to finally pursue your dream. If owning your own business isn't your calling, then make sure that the next position you do take is a good fit for you  and not just another paycheck.

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