While I'll encourage you to make the most of August, get the jump on the other guy in December, and use the summer slowdown to your advantage, there are times when even fervent job geeks like me will advise you to take a load off and skip the job hunt.
Thoughts from the editor-in-chief on families working through more than one layoff.
I knew the day was coming for months. There’s no way to prepare completely for the moment when you’re told to box up your stuff, but the anxiety and self-doubt it provokes need to be respected – and channeled in positive ways. Here’s my story.
Loyal to her company, Jane Helfen figured she’d have the option to move on when she was ready, but an unexpected layoff stirred her to a networking frenzy. It worked.
Families are prepared for a fire or hurricane. Take the same measures to ensure you’re also prepared for an emergency job loss.
There are risks to checking out of your job prematurely. There are even rewards for overperforming while on the layoff list. Choose your path wisely.
If you can help it, stay employed; if you can’t, use your resume to work around the issue.
Use professionalism and these strategies in your resume, cover letter and interviews when answering this tough question about past employment: "Why did you leave?"