Submitted by: Mike Doody, CCC Board Member, CCC Career Coach Volunteer and Retired Executive Search Consultant

Last week’s blog I continued the conversation about what to do if suddenly you are out of work, including:

- Working your network
- Creating a System
- Recognizing the cycles
- Asking, is a search firm your savior?

Let’s wrap up talking about:

- Your resume
- Do you call or write/email first?
- Staying visible
- Part-time Option
- At the end



Your resume should be in a constant state of currency. You never know when you are going to need it. During the period immediately following that sudden, unexpected dismissal, you don’t want to have to reconstruct on paper the last 15 years of your professional career!

Be sure every word counts! Don’t leave gaps in employment history – it looks like you are trying to hide something. Be scrupulously honest – don’t inflate your accomplishments. But, identify your accomplishments fully. Where possible, use strong action verbs. Qualify results and accomplishments wherever possible.

Be sure your final copy of the resume is error free – no typos, misspellings, grammatical erros. Have it reproduced professionally on a quality paper stock, but don’t be gimmicky with it. Be sure you, not some professional resume writer prepares it! Then, have it printed in quantity, so you can get it as widely distributed as possible.



Either one is acceptable. Which approach you take will depend on your style and how or how well you know the person you are contacting. In my search, I called people with whom I had a strong relationship. For others, I wrote and enclosed a resume. In my letter, I briefly indicated that I was out of work and looking for another opportunity. I then quickly described what I was looking for and noted that I had a geographic limitation. I conclued the letter by saying I would call them in a few days.  Regardless of the approach used, be sure you know why you are contacting that particular person – and what you hope to accomplish with the contact.



Through your letters, calls, articles, attendance at seminars and meetings, try to keep your name and yourself in front of people.



If you have a chance, without taking yourself out of the marktet, to work with a firm on a part-time basis, DO IT! It will help keep you busy. It may lead to a full-time opportunity.



Once your search is completed and you are about to start your new job, let all of those you have contacted, know about your good fortune. That is another time to thank all of them again for their help and interest. (Remember to keep those names on your contact list).

So, you’re out of work! That merely means that you are limited only by the limits you place on yourself. It is a tough time – no doubt. It is not something I suggest one volunteer for! But, it is not the end of the world and with the right attitude, a lot of organization and hard work – you will be back doing something you love in a reasonable period of time!

For me, the period of unemployment was a growing experience. I was lucky – I had a lot of support and encouragement which helped me keep a positive attitude. It could have been worse. For many people, it is a lot wrose. The experience has given me an appreciation for those who are out of work. They need to be remembered. They need our contact – even if we can’t provide a lead everytime we call them, just the fact that we called and let them know that they are not forgotten means a lot to them.

Finally – pray. Not for a miracle to happen, but for understanding, courage, perserverance and the help that will get your through these difficult times.


Good Luck!!



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