Workforce Cast Offs Can Find Resources in the Social Net

Former CBS talk show host launches site to help laid-off cope with others

you can’t get your head off the pillow. The next day you’re ready to conquer the world. Then another day you’re putting out a bunch of resumes and you’re not getting anything back,” says Syler.

However, in the long run Syler says she wants to encourage her visitors to remain positive and keep in mind that they are not the only ones who feel this way. “Understand that what you do [for a living] isn’t who you are,” she says. In the interim, those who are laid off can still make contributions to society by encouraging others and imparting their experiences.

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  • Jared Cook

    Hi my name is Jared Cook. I am a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch in the Newark, NJ office who specializes in 401K Rollovers for people who are either laid off or just changing jobs. It would be great if we could somehow form a partnership and help provide the financial guidance that is needed during these tough times.

  • http://www.stepwiseassociates.com Marsha Haygood

    Although many people are being laid off, there are still many opportunities available to those with skills and the right attitude.
    Working with a career coach during these uncertain times is an ideal way to take a fresh look at where you are in your career and work toward self development and clarifying your goals.
    Marsha Haygood
    StepWise Associates
    http://www.stepwiseassociates.com

  • Julian L. Combs

    I have been laidoff since November 7th 2007! I have several strikes against me: 1) I’m Black and, have been since birth(smile); 2)I’m seventy three and, don’t act or look it but I am! I have been in Human Resources Recruiting since 1981 and, while that makes me well experienced I’m a “little long in the tooth” for most companies. Black Enterprise had an employment opportunity at Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and, I applied in October. They didn’t give me the courtesy of a reply! I applied again today because they are still looking and, they stated I had already applied! I also have a B.A. in Television Productions! I’ve been to every Job Board(Daily), Job Fairs etc. Do you have any suggestions?

  • Julian L. Combs

    I have been laidoff since November 7th 2007! I have several strikes against me: 1) I’m Black and, have been since birth(smile); 2)I’m seventy three and, don’t act or look it but I am! I have been in Human Resources Recruiting since 1981 and, while that makes me well experienced I’m a “little long in the tooth” for most companies. Black Enterprise had an employment opportunity at Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and, I applied in October. They didn’t give me the courtesy of a reply! I applied again today because they are still looking and, they stated I had already applied! I also have a B.A. in Television Productions! I’ve been to every Job Board(Daily), Job Fairs etc. Do you have any Suggestions?

  • http://www.goRaiseTheBar.com Dee Marshall

    @Julian L. Combs,

    Julian:
    Sorry to hear about your situation…

    1.If you’re not getting interviews, perhaps you should revise your resume.
    2.If you’re not getting call backs after interviewing, perhaps you should ask for feedback and then do something about it.
    3.If you’re not finding viable opportunities where you are, consider relocating.
    4.If you’re lacking contacts, expand your network.
    5.If you want/need additional skills or competencies, consider taking a course/seminar. You can also volunteer and take a seat on a Board of Directors.
    6.Have you considered switching industries… perhaps recruiting in a different industry… college/university recruiting?
    7.Join a professional organization like SHRM or NAAHR (google them).
    8.Don’t rely on the virtual world to get you a job. It’s very hard to get any traction, so I suggest you work on personal marketing, personal networking and don’t be afraid of the social network. Are you on Facebook, LinkedIn?
    9.What’s your brand say about you. Are you sure you’re presenting the best you? Are you putting your best foot forward? Are you bringing you’re a game? How do you stack up against your peers in industry? Check your appearance, polish, presence, attitude and energy.
    10.Lastly if nothing happens, pray and find out what this life situation is trying to teach you.
    11.Hire a Coach.

    Stay positive. Change is going to come.

    Coach Dee Marshall
    Raise The Bar, LLC
    Coaching, Training, Development.
    http://www.goRaiseTheBar.com

  • http://www.stepwiseassociates.com Marsha Haygood

    Julian
    I wholeheartedly agree with the feedback given in the above comments. Rather than cast blame, it is a good idea to remain positive, look within and make changes where you can to get the results that you want. A change in your job search method and possibly your resume format may be just what you need. Investing in a coach to help you through this process seems like a good idea.
    I wish you all the best.
    May your unigue gifts lead to much success in 2009!
    Marsha Haygood
    Career/Life Coach
    StepWise Associates
    http://www.stepwiseassociates.com