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Laid OffI was honored to be featured in this recent online article regarding Being Laid Off and how to handle it. Here’s an excerpt, and a link to the rest of the article is at the bottom. I hope it’s helpful to you!

Being let go is the epitome of not fun. In today’s struggling economy, more and more businesses are having to make the decision to lay off more and more hard-working people.

Someone faced with a pink slip can easily feel stuck in a drought, and if they haven’t faced the job hunt in a while, the task can seem more than daunting.

We spoke with Hallie Crawford, a certified career coach and founder of HallieCrawford.com, to see what all of you can do to pick yourself up and get back to work after being laid off.

Realize it’s not your fault.

To begin with, there is a HUGE difference between being laid off and being fired, and we’ve got Hallie’s word for it.

“When you’re fired it’s because your performance is unsatisfactory,” Hallie says. “Laid off is typically because of a company change (like downsizing or going out of business), as opposed to employee performance.”

After being laid off, many people will feel that it reflects poorly on them and their record. Somehow, they feel the powers that be didn’t find them worth keeping; therefore, it was clearly their fault.

That is NOT true at all. Sometimes, difficult decisions must be made, and this is no reflection on your work ethic or results in the workplace.

Read entire article here

Hallie Crawford
Ideal Career Coach

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There's no doubt about it – the world can seem like a scary place right now. And for many of us, what is especially unnerving is the way the unemployment rate continues to rise. If you are one of those fearful of losing your job, have recently been laid off, or are searching for your ideal career – this presentation is a must-attend event.

Career transitions can be trying; and even more difficult during a job crisis. In this FREE workshop “Survive the Job Crisis: Creating Career Possibilities for Yourself in Three Short Steps”, you will learn how to successfully manage whatever career transition you are currently facing.

In this presentation, I will give you the three critical steps you need to take right now in order to survive the job crisis. I will show you how to create possibilities for yourself – despite the tough economy. If you want to find out how to survive, and even thrive, during these tough times, join us!

Listen to my audio introduction here
http://www.audioacrobat.com/play/WSjWgFBk

Thursday December 17th
Event begins at 5:45pm
Alpharetta First United Methodist Church Job Transition Group
69 N Main St Alpharetta, GA 30009-3620

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**This event is free and open to the public! Please feel free to bring your friends, family and anyone else who you think could benefit.**

Hallie Crawford
Career Coach and Career Speaker

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Today we continue to look at tips for people unemployed during the tough economy. If you missed Part I, you can read that article here.

Being laid off in any economy is hard. However, being laid off during a recession brings on new challenges. For example, there is more competition for the jobs that are available, only certain industries are hiring, and pay is often decreased for the jobs that are available.

What do you do if you are unemployed in a tough economy?
First of all don’t panic! There are jobs out there, but decisions made out of fear never have good results. Although you may have to work a little harder to find a job during a recession, here are tips 4-6 to help you:

4. Create a schedule. This is an extremely important step because it will keep your mind focused so you don't get depressed. Make a list of what you want to accomplish daily/weekly. Perhaps it’s writing your cover letter or updating your research. Maybe you will start researching potential jobs and looking at websites like CareerBuilder or Monster. Set realistic goals for yourself each day and stick to them!

5. Consider a temporary lower paying job. This may be a hard step for you to take, but it will give you the opportunity to get more work experience, will get you out of the house, boost your morale, and most importantly in a tough economy, it will offer some temporary financial assistance. Temp agencies are a great place to start.

6. Get support. Are you unsure of your ideal career path? Do you need help identifying values and goals? A career coach can help you find your ideal career path. If you need help contact me for a complimentary consultation.

Here's to having a career you love,
Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach

Categories : Career Corner
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Live event: Survive the Job Crisis: Creating Career Possibilities for Yourself in Three Short Steps

There's no doubt about it – the world can seem like a scary place right now. And for many of us, what is especially unnerving is the way the unemployment rate continues to rise. If you are one of those fearful of losing your job, have recently been laid off, or are searching for your ideal career – this presentation is a must-attend event.

Career transitions can be trying; and even more difficult during a job crisis. In this FREE workshop, you will learn how to successfully manage whatever career transition you are currently facing.

In this presentation, I will give you the three critical steps you need to take right now in order to survive the job crisis. I will show you how to create possibilities for yourself – despite the tough economy. If you want to find out how to survive, and even thrive, during these tough times, join us!

Monday May 18th
7:30am to 8:30am

Peachtree Christian Church, Burns Hall
1580 Peachtree Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30309-2466
(enter at rear entrance on Church ground floor and take your first left)
http://peachtree.org

Please listen to my audio intro for this event here.

**This event is free and open to the public! Please feel free to bring your friends, family and anyone else who can benefit.**

AND

Come join me at the Book Tent on Saturday May 9th from 12-5pm for the 5th Annual "Barefoot in the Park" Where: Town Green in downtown Duluth, GA *FREE* Click here for more info about the event.

See you there ;)

Hallie Crawford
Career Coach and Career Speaker

Categories : Events
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Happy Monday!! I hope your weekend was great :)

This week I have some tips for people unemployed during the tough economy.

Being laid off in any economy is hard. However, being laid off during a recession brings on new challenges. For example, there is more competition for the jobs that are available, only certain industries are hiring, and pay is often decreased for the jobs that are available.

What do you do if you are unemployed in a tough economy?
First of all don’t panic! There are jobs out there, but decisions made out of fear never have good results. Although you may have to work a little harder to find a job during a recession, here are some tips to help you get started:

1. Make sure your resume is up to date. Take some time reviewing your resume. How do you stand out? Does your resume highlight your skills and professionalism? Do you have a cover letter that works? Think about hiring a professional to help you revise your resume and cover letter.

2. Network. Networking is still the best way to get a job. Tell family, friends, former co-workers, etc. that you are looking for a job. They can’t help you unless they know you are looking. Don’t just say “I’m looking for a job”. Give them specifics. Ask them about specific people they know that might be in your industry. Dig up names in your address book from internships or summer jobs you’ve had and reach out to those people.

3. Use blogs and social networking sites. Join online networking groups, especially if there are networking groups specific to your industry. Online networking tools are very important. Social networking sites like Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook are great places to network online. Write on other blogs or start your own. That is a great way to show others what you know about your industry. All of these techniques help you get your name out there.

Stay tuned for tips 4-6 on Wednesday!

Here's to having a career you love,
Hallie Crawford
Career Coach

Categories : Career Corner
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Were you just laid off from your job?

One small consolation is – you’re not alone. This is happening worldwide at an alarming rate. But even though it’s happening to so many people; it is still a shock to actually here those words, “We’re letting you go.” After you hear this your next thought it – now what?

Here’s the answer to that question:

You are more in control than you think. Obviously you did not create the weak economy leading to this event. BUT – you ARE in total control of how you respond to that event. Here’s how that works: Suppose you get depressed and just give up. Your response would obviously create a negative reality in your life.

But what if you instead respond by “taking the tiger by the tail” and start a new business on the web, or become a consultant in your field of specialization. You have then created an entirely different reality in response to the exact same event.

Turn your frustration into a motivator to start your search for your ideal career. You’ll create a whole new reality for yourself that will allow you to move forward, instead of remaining stuck where you are.

You may find that you are ready to switch gears completely.  You may wonder, am I really ready for a career transition? How can I best prepare myself for a change? But even before you delve into the components of a satisfying career, it helps immensely to cultivate a healthy and positive mental outlook. People who are successful at making a change are the ones who are willing to overcome their fears, doubts and insecurities in order to make it happen. You too, can be one of these people.

Blast off towards your ideal career…In my brand new coaching group, Identify Your Ideal Career Path - You CAN have a career that is fulfilling, rewarding and fun. Join my next coaching group to identify your ideal career path and learn how to make it happen. Click here to read more

Here’s to having a career you love!
Hallie Crawford
Career Transition Coach

Categories : Career Corner
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