Dealing with unemployment can be one of the single-most stressful situations you ever experience. This section of the website is designed to assist those individuals who are either questioning their employment stability, or who have been laid off or recently furloughed.
The first step when facing a possible lay-off or unemployment is to assess your situation. Sit down and organize your finances. You will want to apply for unemployment as soon as possible.
- Department of Labor
- Saginaw Library’s Resources to Assist the Unemployed
- State Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Now it is time to get ready for the job search. Research has found that most individuals who lose their jobs will go through an array of emotions from anger, depression, and anxiety to excitement and eagerness. You may cycle through these emotions several times, but keep yourself on course by staying positive and moving forward with your life. Below are some additional resources to assist you along the way.
Article on Emotions and the Job Search:
It is important in any career transition to evaluate or assess your values, expectations and desires for the new career path. There are both formal and informal assessments that can be completed to better understand your personality type, strengths and values.
- Free Self Assessment Tools (About.com)
- Career Assessment Tools & Test (QuintCareers.com)
- Online Career Assessment Tools Review for Job-Seekers (QuintCareers.com)
- TypeFocus Careers
- Keirsey Temperament Sorter – II
- Assessment.com: Motivational Appraisal of Personal Potential (MAPP)
- CareerLab – Collection of articles on an informal assessment strategy
When researching a company for employment opportunities, you should familiarize yourself with company history, current and past projects, and major successes so you are prepared to share your knowledge about the company. When searching companies, identify those which offer positions for which you are qualified. You can find out what companies are hiring by scouring job boards, company websites, news articles, conferences, trade shows, career fairs, and the like. Focus first on companies that are currently hiring. Once a list of companies is compiled, review your professional network to see what contacts you may have at those organizations. You may then find it helpful to connect with people you know to conduct informational interviews on companies of interest. If you do not have any personal contacts at a company, you can locate company information on the company’s website or use search engines.
General Research Resources
Pilot-Specific Research Resources
Networking (also known as relationship building) is the single-most effective means to obtaining a job. Over 80% of all positions are filled through networking. Networking provides you with information, resources and support needed to develop your career strategy during unemployment.
- Networking helps to increase knowledge and experience in your chosen field
- Networking generates support and reinforcement from others
- Networking helps keep skills and experience visible to others
Update your resume and have it critiqued by a professional in your aspired career field, a peer or former colleague, or upload your resume to Handshake for a review. You will also need to prepare a generic cover letter that you can later customize with the company name and tailor to specific opportunities. Additionally, create a reference sheet that includes 3-5 professional references (ask permission from your references first) and have it ready in case a prospective employer requests it.
Seek professional assistance on interviewing. Read on-line hints and gauges about interviews that are company-specific in order to gain insight. These actions will help to provide you with an edge over the competition. Even if you have had an interview recently, it is important to practice answering interview questions; you can do this with a former co-worker, friend, spouse, or family member. Consider setting up a mock interview with your program manager or videotaping yourself. Establishing great interviewing techniques will pay off with an employment offer, so be sure to invest the energy in practicing.
General Interviewing Resources
Pilot-Specific Interviewing Resources
- How to Deal with Unemployment
- Coping with Unemployment
- Getting Help: Where to Go for Help
- 5 Things To Do When You’re Unemployed
- Career Comeback: Eight Steps to Getting Back on your Feet When You’re Fired, Laid Off, or Your Business Ventures Have Failed – And Finding More Job Satisfaction Than Ever Before, by Bradley Richardson
- Fired, Downsized, or Laid Off: What Your Employer Doesn’t Want You to Know About Fighting Back, by Alan L. Sklover
- Fired, Laid Off or Forced Out: A Complete Guide to Severance, Benefits and Your Rights When You’re Starting Over, by Richard Busse
- Fired, Laid Off, Out of a Job: A Manual for Understanding, Coping, Surviving, by Byron K. Simerson and Michael D. McCormick
- How to Be the Person Successful Companies Fight to Keep: The Insider’s Guide To Being #1 in the Workplace, by Connie Podesta
- I’m on LinkedIn, Now What?? A Guide to Getting the Most Out of LinkedIn, by Jason Alba
- Is There Life After Unemployment: a Survival Guide While You Are Unemployed, by Les McCarroll
- Laid Off? Don’t Stress! How to Get from Mad to Glad, by Kitty Wiemelt
- Laid Off – Now What: Career Guide for Challenging Times, by Lee Roseboro
- Landing on the Right Side of Your ASS: A Survival Guide for the Recently Unemployed, by Michael Laskoff
- Surviving Unemployment: Staying Centered While Your World Turns Upside Down, by Valerie Pederson
- The Job Loss Recovery Guide: A Proven Program for Getting Back to Work – Fast!, by Lynn Joseph
- The Unemployment Survival Guide, by Jim Stringham and David R. Workman
- Try! A Survival Guide to Unemployment, by Karen Okulicz
- Unemployed, Now What?, by Scott H. Leigh
- Unemployment Boot Camp: Tactics for Surviving and Thriving in the 21st Century, by R. A. Long
- What is Your Life’s Work?: Answering the BIG Question About What Really Matters…and Reawaken the Passion for What You Do, by Bill Jensen
- Your Job Survival Guide: A Manual for Thriving in Change, by Gregory Shea and Robert E. Gunther. Surviving a Layoff: A
- Week-by-Week Guide to Getting Your Life Back Together, by Lita Epstein
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University does not and will not endorse, condone or support either the companies seeking employees or any new job and surrounding activities for which employment is sought. The intended purpose of this service is to provide possible job opportunities for students and alumni and creates no warranty as to any listed company or website. Choosing a job is your decision; please use caution and common sense.