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Tips to Help You Job Hunt After a Layoff or Furlough

If you encounter a layoff or a furlough, make sure you understand the basic difference between the two. 

Both may be completely unrelated to your work performance. Layoffs represent a permanent separation from the employer, whereas, furloughs are temporary separations during which the time frame, salary, and benefits you may receive will often depend on the company’s financial solvency.

If you plan to seek new employment opportunities, here are some tips that may help.

Write a resume that succinctly articulates your qualifications applicable to the job responsibilities and requirements to which you plan to apply. Make sure you note that you were laid off. If you were furloughed, note that you are seeking additional employment. 
 
If you were laid off, add an end date on your most recent job to show you’re no longer employed (i.e. 2016 – 2020). Write the job description for your most recent role in past tense (i.e. managed vs. manage).

Include the improvements you made (efficiency, technology or financial), projects, quantifiable achievements, or awards (for customer service or performance), to demonstrate your contributions and value to the company.

Include a 2-4 sentence professional profile that briefly summarizes your areas of expertise, skills/education, years of experience, and industries in which you have worked, that you can share on social media and networking sites.

Identify the best sites with job openings in your field of work - niche job boards, job banks, company websites, networking sites, etc.

Stay connected with professional associates and colleagues, as well as the educational/trade institutions you've attended in the past, which may have alumni job boards, links and other resources.

Post your resume with generic and niche job boards such as Casino Careers, Hospitality Online, Dice, Indeed, Snagajob, etc. and sign up for job alerts via email and text messages.

Visit niche job boards to view the descriptions of their corporate employers in your geographical location or area of expertise. Use the links to the career pages of these company descriptions to determine if there are any job opportunities to which you can apply. 

Create specific web search links to go directly to the jobs in which you specialize on Job Board search engines, and networking sites like LinkedIn. You can upload a utility to your Facebook profile so that you can view job listings without having to search.

Use sites like Glassdoor and Salary.com to determine the average hiring salary for the positions in which you have an interest.

If you are interviewed, be sure to thank everyone who took the time to participate in the interview. Reiterate your interest and fit for the position. Express your appreciation for their consideration.