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What To Do As Soon As You Get Laid Off

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Unfortunately with the economy the way it is right now lay offs are happening very often. Whether it happened to you, a friend or a loved one, I am sure you have heard of this happening in the past few years.

Let’s not get into the reasons why someone gets laid off but rather what to do when it happens. Here are five things to start the list:

    1. Don’t do anything for a week. Relax, go workout, read a book or spend time with the kids. Do anything but look for a job right away. Here is my reason why. Take the time to think about what happened, what you should do next and most importantly, map out a plan. Take a little time to really figure out what you want to do.

    2. Stay positive. Yes, you are upset. You have reason to be upset but if you are angry potential employers will be able to sense that and may not hire you because of your anger.

    3. Don’t bash your previous employer. It is a very small world and although it might feel good for a few minutes to bash them, it is a possibility that it will backfire.

    4. Rely on your inner circle and industry contacts. If you are as old as me you have lots of industry contacts. Now is the best time to use them. They can help review your resume, point you in the direction of resources to use and identify potential jobs.

    5. Update your LinkedIn status first and your résumé second. In this day of technology, LinkedIn (I have over 2700 contacts) is more important than anything else.

Ok your turn:

  • What would you do?
  • If you were laid off what did you do?
  • Are there any job listing sites that you recommend?
  • Do you have any advice for people who are currently going through this?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Imagine if Dennis Rodman were a professional tennis player…..

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

I enjoyed watching tennis during the US Open last month. The athletes are very competitive, athletic and in amazing shape, but how entertaining are they? This got me to a think a little bit more. I admit I am a little crazy with this one, but let’s try and have some fun.

If Dennis Rodman were a professional tennis player…

    • He would sky dive onto center court to start his match
    • He would tip the ball boys/girls
    • He would bring his own brand of tennis balls for the match
    • He would have messages on the bottom of his sneakers
    • He would wear skin tight shirt and shorts
    • He would change the color of his hair after each set

Ok your turn:

    • If Dennis Rodman was a professional tennis player…

I look forward to reading your comments.

Are You Ready For Some Football? Join The Week 5 Merrill Dubrow Blog Football Pool

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

The third person to qualify for the week 17 championship is Rob Hurvitz who joins Sam Picchiotti & Bob Tekampe as the first three members of the club.

What do the Detroit Lions and J.R. Venza have in common? All they do is win. The Lions are 4-0, congrads, and get this J.R. ran the table yesterday and went 15-0, yes 15-0! No one has ever done that in the pool and because of that tonight’s game has NO bearing on the outcome. J.R. takes the week and qualifies for the championship

Tons of upsets yesterday and tons of fun!

To see the current standings, click here. Bob Tekampe and Mike Cronin have 47 wins and are in the lead in the cumulative rankings. The results page shows this week’s current standings as well as the cumulative rankings.

Remember, the weekly winners will receive $50 and be given a spot in the grand prize pool during week 17 for an opportunity to win $400 and of course bragging rights for the next 6 months. In addition, the two people who have the highest cumulative score (these standing will be updated weekly) will be given a spot in the grand prize pool along with the weekly winners.

Click here to participate in this week’s pool.

Feel free to share the link and have friends, colleague, relatives, kids and anyone else you want join the pool.

Good luck to all.