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Is layoff insurance right for you?

Designer buying layoff insurance online

Originally Published on WKOW.com on Aug. 24, 2018   MADISON (WKOW) — When you think of insurance, a couple come to mind: car insurance, health insurance or life insurance. However, there’s a newer type of insurance making its way through the U.S. and it’s offered in Wisconsin. It’s called layoff insurance and it hopes to give […]

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Dressing for a Job Interview: What “Professional” Looks Like

Dressing for a job interview

When it comes to what to wear to a job interview, is it better to blend in or stand out? Is it smarter to spend big bucks on one item or budget your way through to have more options? Wardrobe consultant and personal stylist Lisa Barry offers services like image consulting, closet editing, and personal […]

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Madison Wants to Help Keep Laid Off Toys R Us Workers in the City

Mother and daughter

Originally published by WKOW.com on March 17, 2018 By David Johnson MADISON (WKOW) — Tens of thousands of employees are wondering what to do next after Toys R Us announced a shutdown of its U.S. stores. The company filed court documents Thursday to close or sell all of its domestic stores. That also includes a […]

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Young, Male and Unemployed? Avoid Video Games to Get Out of Your Parents’ Basement

Man playing video games and eating pizza while unemployed

Plenty of studies confirm what you already know: involuntary unemployment is terribly difficult. Beyond having to skimp on luxuries, revise your budget, update your resume, and polish your job interview skills, finding yourself out of a job is likely to negatively impact your health. Still, there is at least one thing you can do that […]

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Life with a SafetyNet (and without)

Life with a SafetyNet and without a SafetyNet

Check out our infographic featuring two stories of Dave, who unexpectedly got laid off from his job. As you can see, life with a SafetyNet is a lot easier. Do you have a financial safety net in place? PSIC-P1.0-B2-013018

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The Impact of Layoffs on Health: Going from Insult to Injury

Man suffering from heart attack: Impact of layoffs on your health

Heart attacks, stroke, hypertension, arthritis. These are just a few of the chronic or fatal illnesses people are more likely to experience in the months or even years after being laid off. While it doesn’t take a scientist to know that finding oneself out of a job is a terrible feeling—even traumatic—new research quantifies that […]

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Toys ‘R’ Us Closing all U.S. Locations

Boy playing with toy plane

Originally published in BizTimes | Milwaukee Business News on Jan. 24, 2018 By Corrinne Hess Retail chain operator Toys “R” Us Inc. filed a motion seeking bankruptcy court approval to begin the process of winding down its business and liquidating its inventory at 735 U.S. stores Thursday, one day after announcing its plans to shutter […]

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Networking After a Layoff: How to Avoid the Schmooze Blues

networking after a layoff

If you’ve recently been laid off, perhaps the last thing you want to do is get up at dawn, put on your suit and commute across town to “speed network” with a bunch of strangers to talk about the fact that you are currently unemployed. Depending on your personality, you may love or hate networking. […]

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Tips for Unemployed Dads: How to Lessen the Impact on Your Children

unemployed dads - man stressed at computer

Research reveals some interesting facts about how the children of involuntarily unemployed fathers fare differently than those of involuntarily unemployed mothers. Using data from the 1996 Survey of Income and Program Participation, researchers at the University of Chicago’s Center for Human Potential and Public Policy, found that the children of unemployed fathers faced a higher […]

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Help, I’ve Been Laid Off! What to Do Right Now if You’ve Just Lost Your Job

Cool it. Take a breath. Count to 10. Don’t storm out. You’re going to need to think and act—fast—about some important things including health insurance, unemployment benefits, severance pay and references. If you can, take a brisk walk or do jumping jacks in the bathroom. Call a friend. Sit at your desk and massage these […]