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7 Sure Fire Ways To Re-Group After (or Before) Job Loss!

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It happens to the best of us. For one reason or another you find yourself unemployed. The challenge now is to stay in the game. “You’ve got to be in it, to win it”, as the saying goes. So, what’s your next move? For one, don’t let yourself get the doldrums. Set a plan of action immediately. Make your game plan a priority. Then do it! Here for you in this article are the keys to mapping out your strategy. This is the antidote for joblessness. Beware! Don’t let you’re job loss get you down. Rather, come back stronger than when you left the workforce. Here are the keys to your plan of action: 1] Learn a language 2] Take a college course or certificate program  3] Hire a career coach 4] Revamp your résumé 5] Refresh your interview and job search skills 6] Volunteer 7] Invest in yourself.

Learn A Language: Learning a language is the fastest and single most important way for you to skyrocket your demand in today’s workforce. The reason being, there is greater demand now, more than ever before in history for bilingual, trilingual and multilingual speakers. This is primarily attributed to the Internet. The Internet has brought a unified strata to the whole world. The Internet phenomena can be witnessed in “newbie” behemoths like Amazon.com, Google, ebay, Yahoo! and other “startup” global companies. We’re now in a global economy. There is immense pressure for companies to gain market share before their competitors. In order to compete in a global marketplace the language barrier must be bridged. Not only must this be accomplished at top-level executive positions but straight down through blue collar support level positions.

Every business that wants longevity has to gain, establish and hold it’s market share in the new global marketplace. That is what is occurring right this very minute! This is where the glut for multilingual speakers has found a home. And this is where opportunity knocks for you. Learning a foreign language will open the doors wide for you even in this down economy. The good news is, the language most in demand in the workforce-Spanish-is the easiest to learn by English speakers.  With regular practice conversational fluency can be obtained in 6 months or less. Decide today what language you want to learn. It will be one of the most important steps you can take to cement your place in the world economy.

Take A College Course or Certificate Program: Continue your education. Take a college course or certificate program in your field. This will not only keep you fresh but will add tangible credibility to your work skills. There are certification programs in many fields some of which courses’ can be taken online. Certificate programs can vary in length from 2 day programs to 1 to 2 week programs, to 3 to 4 month programs to per semester and one year college centered programs. The future of the “careerist” of tomorrow, is continuing education today. Adding to your job skills through academic accomplishments is one of the most prolific ways to excel in your field. It’s how to get on top. It’s how to stay on top.

Hire A Career Coach: Locate a career coach either online or local to you to re-prioritize and add focus to your job search. The best career coaches can guide you in the most effective means possible, so your every effort really counts in your job search. Start with this great online resource for “Guidelines on Choosing A Career Coach researched by About.com. At this resource you can also find a career counselor by state, name or use the option to browse all counselors. You can also ask for referrals from family and friends.

Revamp Your Résumé: Today’s resumes are more advanced than the resumes of old. Now resumes are business, professional stylized with HTML. The addition of a professional, full face photo is also now acceptable. Upgrade your résumé with a professional résumé firm (updating accomplishments from your current position as well)  to stand out from your competition. A fresh resume always adds a clean, new perspective to your job search.

Refresh Your Interview and Job Search Skills: Be sure your etiquette and preparation in your job search is on point. To give you a head’s up, today employers expect you to thoroughly research their company even BEFORE the initial interview. Some employers even ask questions assuming not only that you have researched the company, but know as well, what is going on in the industry. Do your research on companies you will interview with. Additionally, brief yourself on what is expected from you from the employers you interview with. And overall get a feel for what is happening in the job search field now.

Volunteer: Volunteer through Senior Corps of Retired Executives, at national charities such as the Red Cross, locally at your church or at organizations that service the indigent. You will not only lend a hand up to others, but will add to your sense of self-satisfaction and increase your sense of purpose.

Invest In Yourself: Do what is necessary to revitalize yourself. Continue to make special time to enjoy yourself. Treat yourself to a movie, dinner date or night out. Don’t just cut off all recreational activities. If funds are very tight look for free activities such as city sponsored concerts, church functions and no cost admission days at your favorite social spot. If you have an exercise program, stay with it. If you don’t, begin one. Check out your local YMCA or YWCA for free programs that are run through their organizations nationwide and worldwide.  Y’s can be found in over 125 countries around the world. People who exercise have more energy, confidence and a clearer focus for tasks at hand. This translates into the self-assurance that you’ll need to get you through this rough time in your career.

A Final Word…It’s a fact the business world is always evolving. Most mid to large size U.S. companies have dedicated R&D (research and development) departments. Billions and billions of dollars are spent each year by these companies inventing, improving and working on current, and new products. As a paralegal student with an interest in business, I try to keep abreast of what is happening in the business world. Currently, the focus has been on innovation. The mantra is “Innovation Drives the Economy.” I agree. I never fail to marvel at all the many amazing products, innovations and inventions that flood the consumer market. It is certainly these products and the resulting dynamics on our consumer oriented society that, I feel, really does fuel the economy. You’ll witness innovation and change in centuries old companies like General Electric, Sears and Johnson & Johnson. These companies have evolved over the ages, changing with the times. It’s a fact, times must and do change. Likewise so must we as we pursue the mind-boggling opportunities afforded in the newly emerging global economy.

Dramatically Increase Your Demand in the Workforce: Learn A Language!

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Did you know, learning a language can be the single most important skill you can add to increase your career marketability-no matter the field? Today’s job marketplace is quickly evolving as a global marketplace. This is evident in the success of world-wide behemoths like Amazon.com, ebay, Google, Yahoo! and other “newbie” global startups. Because of the expanded world-wide marketplace many companies have a critical unfulfilled need for workers who are bilingual, trilingual and multilingual. If you are unemployed, this is an opportunity to get back into the workforce and actually INCREASE your job options and SALARY.  But beware! Don’t fall into the doldrums of feeling hopeless having lost your job. Instead, face your loss as the great opportunity it is. When you learn a language, you prepare to re-enter the job market stronger than when you left. Use some of the time you are not working to learn a language, the pay off will be worth it. Remember, your future career tomorrow depends on your job skills preparation today.A Crystal Globe of the World

Perhaps you are like the average American and think learning a new language will be too hard? Well, I have good news for you. The language most in demand in the United States today is the easiest language to learn for English speakers-it is Spanish. Spanish is so easy the translated equivalent for some words are identical to, or are so closely related in structure and meaning to English, it takes little effort to learn. Spanish emanates from Latin just like English. Thus many of the words in both languages are so very close in spelling, meaning and pronunciation that it is no wonder Spanish is the #1 second language for English speakers.

For those who studied Spanish in elementary school, junior high and senior high school this is the time to brush up and add to your Spanish skills so you learn to speak fluently.  The Internet makes learning your new language easy. There are online sites that teach you the basics in your chosen language for free.  The catch? This is their incentive to get you to sign for their advanced course.  The cost of the advanced courses are reasonably priced, starting from $10 dollars per session.

Should you want to select another language, in ease of learning, the following languages are best when English is your native tongue; French, Italian, Dutch, Afrikaans, German, Portuguese, Romanian, Norwegian, Swedish and Danish. Consider too, the languages in highest demand in the United States across all occupations are: [Spanish], Chinese (Mandarin then Cantonese), Korean and Russian.*  Adding a second language to your repertoire of skills will greatly expand the industries, employers, job types and geographical career options open to you.  That is not bad when considering the floundering job market today.

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