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Getting back to work if your job quits you

Involuntary unemployment is not inevitable, but it is common. Getting Back to Work, a new booklet published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, tells people how to go about finding a new job if they are laid off. The booklet makes the point that nearly three-fourths of laid-off workers found another job--half of them within 2 months after their layoff. However, some didn't get a job for several months after their layoff, and many had to take a job at less pay. The booklet provides a great deal of general advice for those looking for work, whether they were laid off or not. There are six sections:

* What are Your Options?

* Taking a Personal Inventory

* Employment Trends and Sources of Job Openings

* Finding Job Openings

* Getting Hired

* Where To Go for More Help

The first section discusses such alternatives as finding the same type of job, training for a new job, and starting a business. It also notes that when thinking over these options, people should consider their financial situation, the number of years they expect to work, and moving to another part of the country.

"Taking a Personal Inventory" explains the personal characteristics that a jobseeker should consider when looking at occupations and jobs. For example, it suggests listing every task performed at work between clocking in and quitting time and noting the skills needed to perform those tasks.

The section on employment trends has a table that contains detailed information for 250 occupations that are most likely to require the skills of displaced workers. Information is given on size, expected growth, earnings, skills required, working conditions, industry concentration, and education or training required. A sample from the table appears below. This section also discusses other ways to learn about occupations, such as libraries, information interviews, and counselors.

"Finding Job Openings" suggests good sources of information on available jobs, among which are employment service offices, newspapers, networking, and contacts with potential employers.

"Getting Hired" gives guidelines for resumes, application forms, cover letters, and interviews. A sample resume and cover letter are included.

The final section, "Where to Go for More Help," describes such resources as the public employment service and laid-off worker programs.

Getting Back To Work was written by Shelly Davis-Franklin, Brenda Wallace, and Anne Weston under the supervision of Chester Levine. All are economists in the Office of Employment Projections, BLS.

The booklet is available from Job Service Offices. Offices are listed in the State government section of telephone directories under Job Service or Employment Service.
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Publication:Occupational Outlook Quarterly
Date:Jun 22, 1991
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