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Networking After a Layoff: How to Avoid the Schmooze Blues

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

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 […]

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Recent SafetyNet Survey: Wisconsin’s Workforce Lives on Financially Shaky Ground

42% of Those Surveyed Have Less Than $1,000 in Savings First the good news: Unemployment in Wisconsin is at a remarkable low. Across the state the number of applications for unemployment benefits has fallen, and last spring the size of Wisconsin’s labor force hit an all-time high. What’s more, national employment trends continue to indicate […]

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Managed to Amass an Emergency Expense Fund? Congratulations! Here’s How to Keep It

If you’ve succeeded in setting aside a chunk of change to cover those inevitable-yet-unexpected “expense shocks,” congratulations! You’re doing better than most. According to the Federal Reserve Board’s Survey of Household Economics and Decision Making (SHED), barely half of Americans have an extra $400 at their disposal the event of, say, a car repair or […]

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Turning Layoffs into Opportunities: Tips to Take You from Surviving to Thriving

If you are someone who embraces change and new challenges—even when unexpected —finding yourself out of a job may bring you more inspiration than paralysis. After all, what feels like crisis in the moment merely looks like another life change once you do (and you will!) land your next job. For others, however, maintaining good mental […]

Pre-Layoff Checklist: WHAT TO DO BEFORE BEING LAID OFF
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The Pre-Layoff Checklist: What to Do Before Being Laid Off

Sure, there are times your departure from a job comes as a complete surprise. More likely, though, you’ve begun to observe subtle and not-so-subtle signs of an impeding layoff. If you’re pretty sure your Friday meeting with HR is about to send you into a tailspin, now is the time to go through our 10 […]

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How to Know if Layoffs are Coming: 5 Warning Signs to Look Out For

Gwen H. had enjoyed several years at a well-established nonprofit when a series of events suddenly led her to question the security of her job. “There were a lot of power leadership changes happening,” she remembers. In the first few months she watched warily from the sidelines, unsure what to make of the jockeying executives. […]