Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | August 28, 2017

Rise of the Layoff Generation – Post #6

Rise of the Layoff Generation – Post #6

What should an individual returning to the workforce do after refreshing the basics?

My two cents, but please share yours:

The Layoff Generation, ages forty-five to sixty-five in 2017, experienced the negative forces of layoffs, economic downturns, inflation (food, clothing, etc.), and skyrocketing healthcare premiums and deductibles. Many in this generation have been left unable to bridge to retirement. They must now seek income streams to correct their financial gaps.

After refreshing the basics and learning (online searches) about new technologies just beginning to emerge, individuals returning to the workforce should select areas of keen interest (domain expertise) for more in-depth study and networking. Again, begin the in-depth study by using For Dummies or similar books, graduating to more advanced books when ready.

Every area of technology has its own networking groups. In addition to online searches for these groups, also be sure to check local colleges, universities, and chambers of commerce events calendars. At networking functions, be sure to get acquainted with others before requesting their business cards or asking for interview opportunities. As with all sales efforts, develop a solid relationship first, and then engineer a “sales project” with your new friends. Always review etiquette books prior to attending any networking event or interview (including table manners).

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