How to Go From Being Unemployed to Getting Hired

…and how we help you get there

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After The Layoff

Are you unemployed? Millions of people lost their jobs because of the Corona Virus so Congress has stepped in to help. On March 18th, the Department of labor set aside $100 million dollars for dislocated worker grants and more funding was added for workforce assistance with the law that just passed. if you qualify, this program, can pay up to $10,000 to get trained, certified and then get help getting placed in their career. The amount and availability varies by county. This can be used to get certified in fields such as Cyber-Security, Information Technology, Project Management, Business Analysis and more. Some of the most highly sought after certifications include CompTIA, Microsoft, Cisco, Project Management Professional (PMP), Scrum Master and more. If you would like to see if you qualify, you can call me at 813-387-3503 I look forward to speaking with you

You Lost Your Job. Now What?

So now you have lost your job. A big layoff, reorganization, reduction in force, your position was eliminated or whatever they called it, the fact remains that you are now out of work after many years through no fault of you own. It can seem scary, but I help many people just like you.

Perhaps you are lucky. Maybe you are well known in your industry, have the right connections and can get a job right away. For many of you, there could be a rude awakening instead.

The Job Market

The job market has changed. Everything you knew before about how to do your resume and cover letter may as well be thrown out the window. Instead of one resume and cover letter for everyone, you will need to adapt each one to the job you are applying for. Even your choice of font can make a difference.

What you must do to get back to work

Adapt and Change

You must adapt to current hiring practices and you better learn how to answer behavioral interview questions in the interview. You must also learn what an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) is. If you are not there already, you also better get a profile on LinkedIn and optimize it so recruiters and hiring managers will see it.

Career Enhancer or Career Changer

You also must also determine if you are a career enhancer or a career changer. Ideally, you have transferrable skills from your previous job(s) we can use to look for the same or similar positions that pay well. Sometimes there are few openings in your exact position but many similar ones you may also be qualified for, or just need some short training to be marketable. Sometimes you have no choice and must change careers. This can be a mine field because the competition for entry -level jobs can be fierce.

If you are over 50, you are even more likely to run into ageism. We must look for career options where the demand is far greater than the supply and see if you have transferable skills into careers where your age is less of a factor (or even where mature workers are preferred)

Update Your Skills

Technology has changed every industry and you may need new technical skills before you are marketable again. Hiring managers put a greater emphasis on skills now versus experience. Everybody wants the latest and greatest skill sets, whereas experience alone could mean you are out-of-date. If these kills are not on your resume, chances are your resume gets deleted and the hiring managers never even see it. Luckily, you might be able to get what you need for free. If not, there is another program where you may be able to get what you need risk-free.

This is what I do, and I am very good at this. Let’s first see if you qualify for a grant or risk free option, then get started on getting you back into the workforce at a decent job with a good salary

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See if you Qualify for a WIOA Grant

Are you unemployed? There is a little known federal grant program that can pay for you to get trained, certified and placed in your career at no cost to you. Availability and amounts are based on where you live. If you qualify, this program can pay up to $10,000 to get trained, certified, and then get help getting placed in their career. The amount and availability vary by county

This can be used to get certified in fields such as Cyber-Security, Information Technology, Project Management, Business Analysis, and more. Some of the most highly sought-after certifications include CompTIA, Microsoft, Cisco, Project Management Professional (PMP), Scrum Master, and others.

No Risk Income Share Agreements

 

If you don’t qualify for a grant, see if you qualify for an Income Share Agreement. This is a no risk option–you pay nothing until you get placed and there is no interest. 

Income Share Agreements