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My company is going to close -- what should I do now?
News and Events link to see the schedule for our seminars. Next step: think seriously, starting right now, about what you want to do in your next job. Ask yourself this question: â€œSuppose my current job lasts for another ten years?â€ I know you think it wonâ€™t, but if it does, is that a good thing? If it doesnâ€™t, would you really like another one just like it? Or would you be happier in a different job, or even in a totally different field? Please give this some serious thought. If your current job isnâ€™t perfect, now is the time to think about where youâ€™d like to go and how to get there. Life is too short to spend it at a job you hate. The answer to that question will shape your next steps. Youâ€™ll want to expand your network of business and personal contact people. Studies show that about 75% of job seekers find their jobs by networking, by just talking with people. (If you want more information on networking and how to do it, come to our â€œNetworking Worksâ€ seminar; see the News and Events link on frederickworks.com for the next date and time.) Itâ€™s also a good time to update your rÃ©sumÃ© (or start writing it, if you donâ€™t have one.) Think about your most recent accomplishments that might be of interest to a new employer. Even if your job doesnâ€™t end soon, this is a worthwhile project. Not only do you not necessarily know when youâ€™ll find yourself out on the street; you also never know when the perfect opportunity will arise. What you do know is that when it does, your rÃ©sumÃ© will probably be needed in very short order. If youâ€™ve updated it in the last six months, itâ€™s fairly easy to add your latest achievements and news. But if itâ€™s been ten years since you wrote it last, itâ€™s going to take some time. You can come to our â€œRÃ©sumÃ©s and Applicationsâ€ seminar to learn the current trends, and get your rÃ©sumÃ© critiqued by a Certified Professional RÃ©sumÃ© Writer at the â€œRÃ©sumÃ© Clinic.â€ Another useful thing you can do right now is to start researching companies. Talk with friends and family members about their companies (thereâ€™s that networking thing again.) Do some of their places sound like a good place for you? Maybe they can introduce you to their acquaintances in the field youâ€™re interested in. Get on the Internet too, and check out company websites. Knowledge is power. Most of all, keep an open mind about all the possibilities a new career might offer you. Use your support system, including FCWS. Try to view the layoff, if it comes, as an opportunity rather than a catastrophe. It might be a chance to change your life for the better. Â