Dallas, Texas (WiredPRNews.com) — The recent economic downturn will likely lead to layoffs, however, proper preparation may help an employee secure a new job quickly and avoid prolonged unemployment. Dallas employment lawyer Keith Clouse suggests that an employee concerned about a potential layoff consider the following advice.
• Get organized: Take personal files, work product samples, and performance reviews home with you. Update your resume and contact potential references.
• Increase your value: Acknowledge your strengths and weaknesses. Then, take classes or work with a mentor to improve your skills.
• Make contacts: Network with professional friends, business associates, and acquaintances. Contact job recruiters and ask to be informed of career opportunities.
• Be aware of the market: Read industry-specific publications and review on-line job postings. Keep up with important business news.
• Save money: Increase your emergency fund and reduce discretionary spending. Create a budget if you do not already have one.
• Research potential exit options: Review your employer’s severance policies and learn what sort of severance packages your employer has offered previously. Investigate options regarding medical insurance, retirement funds, unused vacation pay, and unemployment benefits. If you work pursuant to an employment agreement, review the agreement and contact an attorney if you have questions about it.
If you believe your job may be at risk because of a possible layoff and you would like to discuss your situation with an attorney, please contact the employment lawyers at Clouse Dunn Khoshbin LLP at [email protected]