Rural Job Loss: How To Soften The Blow With A Flexible Job
Bouncing Back From Rural Job Loss – Rural Money Wanted!
What can you do if you are faced with rural job loss or you’ve heard rumors about company wide layoffs and possible firings?
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And, you’re probably wondering whether the company is going under.
Whether you receive a pink slip out of the blue or not, you may or may not have a job beginning next year.
If you have these concerns, then now is the time to take action in order to soften the blow.
You must start today to get your affairs in order.
If the job loss ax falls, then you will be in a much better position than coworkers.
When you follow these steps and nothing happens, you will still be much better off than you are now.
Is your resume up to date?
If not, now is the time to update it and consider hiring a professional to do it.
According to the USDA, Rural areas have lower rates of labor-force participation, primarily because of their older populations.
In addition, much of the decline in labor-force participation rates is the natural result of the aging of the population, especially in rural counties.
Be Prepared To Put Your Best Foot Forward
Regardless of your age, in order to get your foot in another door, I recommend using FlexJobs.com.
Start sending your resume out before or right after you are unemployed.
Why do I like FlexJobs?
Whether you are facing job loss or not, they provide new, telecommuting, part-time, and flexible jobs that can be performed at home.
The job opportunities listed on their site are the most recently added ones.
Each of them is hand-screened and includes some option for flexibility such as:
- Part-time or flexible schedule
- Freelance work.
The types of jobs range from 55 different professional job categories, and from entry-level to executive positions.
Although most of their jobs are in the US, they have provided icons to help you differentiate job locations.
FlexJobs have also added icons to highlight employers who won national recognition that might be of interest to job seekers.
I believe they can help you find a great telecommuting, part-time or flexible job!
FlexJobs is a membership website and you must sign up to access the jobs, but it is worth it.
After working a 9 to 5, you may be ready for a telecommuting job.
And, it is the alternative solution to making search for a new job a full time job.
Does your job skills need updating?
While you are still working, now is a good time to take a few classes and update your skills, or start training for a new career.
There are other job loss solutions such as signing up with a temp agency now, so they can place you later.
The primary advantages of temp agencies are:
- They pay well
- They find a job for you
- You won’t be competing for a position with dozens of others.
- You can usually start immediately.
Rural Job Loss Tips And Help
There are various other ways to find a flexible job after job loss starting with networking.
Ask everyone you know if they know of any job openings.
If you have not lost your job yet, explain to them you may be laid off and looking for a new job.
And, ask for a contact name within their company.
Take the initiative to send your resume and a cover letter expressing your interest and availability.
Job loss can have a devastating affect so start the process now.
It is not what you know, it is who you know!
Get your financial house in order, although this is easier said than done.
If you are like most rural people, you are already living paycheck to paycheck, and there is nothing extra.
If you become unemployed, you need as much cash as possible to carry you through.
Most experts recommend 3-6 months cash to meet your living needs.
What if you can not find a job for 8 months or a year?
Gather all of your cash reserve and/or sources for cash.
Stash as much as possible to meet your needs.
If you are laid off, then sign up for unemployment benefits the next day.
Job loss is a terrible experience, but you will get through this, it will just take time.
Start taking these important steps and using these tips today to get back on your feet.
As a result, you will be far better prepared for the future.
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