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"Getting out of the business" resource thread

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by playthrough, Aug 2, 2008.

  1. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    To quote Cadet, from the thread about Hoppes' APSE column:

    Perhaps we could start gathering an informal listing of services or suggestions and sticky it at the top? Links to things like state-by-state unemployment information, any services the companies are offering (i.e. Tribune Co. resources they've made available), resources for breaking into other industries, suggestions on finding the aforementioned mental health professionals, stuff like that. Maybe set up an informal network of resume/cover letter helpers.

    Great idea. This thread is it. It can probably go any number of different ways, from the above ideas and beyond, but let's keep it as productive as possible. Keep the chatter to a minimum (so people don't have to read far to get what they're looking for) and keep all carping about employers and journalism to other threads. We've got enough of those. This should be about "what to do now", if you will.

    Any questions, PM me or another moderator. Thanks.
  2. Cadet

    Cadet Guest

    Thanks, mods. I'll volunteer my PM box as a pipeline for this thread. If you have suggestions for resources but don't want to identify either your state or your (current or previous) employer, feel free to PM me in confidence.
  3. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    I don't know if anybody would be interested, but I'm about to start reading "What Color is Your Parachute," and I'd be more than happy to setup a group to discuss it somewhere -- on a thread here, on facebook, in an AIM chat room.
  4. SlickWillie71

    SlickWillie71 Member

    Count me in, Sportschick. I think after last night, my career has jumped the shark. I now know it's time to move on.
  5. Cadet

    Cadet Guest

    Resource links from the U.S. Department of Labor:

    <a href="http://www.servicelocator.org/OWSLinks.asp">Unemployment Insurance Filing Assistance</a>
    Search by state.

    <a href="http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/publications/dislocated_workers_brochure.html">Q&A about retirement and health care benefits for displaced workers</a>

    <a href="http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/newsroom/fsbankruptcy.html">Your Employer's Bankruptcy: How will if affect your benefits?</a>

    The DOL's department of Employment and Training Administration also has a toll-free help line:
    More stuff to follow ...
  6. Cadet

    Cadet Guest

    Another suggestion ... We've heard about people who have been laid off and not allowed back to their desks. Be prepared by saving copies of your clips to a flash drive or via email to yourself. Don't count on a paper's website to house your stories indefinitely. Convert design clips to PDFs in case you don't have the software at home to open them up. Do this now, don't wait. If you need the technological help, just ask.
  7. SlickWillie71

    SlickWillie71 Member

    Great tip, Cadet. I got burned at my last stop thinking I could simply go online and grab them. I highly suggest that as well.
  8. Smartwriter

    Smartwriter Member

    College Sports Information Directors of America jobs page
  9. Cadet

    Cadet Guest

    Some more stuff from the Department of Labor:

    <a href="http://www.doleta.gov/jobseekers/know_rights.cfm">Know Your Rights as a Worker</a>
    Includes links to information on health care, retirement, overtime and discrimination laws and more.

    <a href="http://www.doleta.gov/jobseekers/assess_yourself.cfm">Links to tools to assess your skills and career options</a>


    From the <a href="http://www.mispp.edu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=179&Itemid=28">Michigan School of Professional Psychology</a>. The PDF under "Resource Folder" contains the notes from a 2006 professional seminar on job loss. It has notes and tips on psychological, financial and business aspects of job loss and seeking opportunity.


    From the AARP website. It covers <a href="http://www.aarp.org/money/careers/jobloss/a2004-04-28-jobloss.html">job loss as the stages of grief</a>.

    AARP also has other good articles:
    <a href="http://www.aarpmagazine.org/family/Articles/a2003-11-20-mag-downnotout.html">Tips for surviving the first month after job loss</a>
    <a href="http://www.aarpmagazine.org/family/Articles/a2003-11-20-mag-mybitterhalf.html">Advice for couples on getting through job loss</a>
    <a href="http://www.aarpmagazine.org/family/Articles/a2003-11-20-mag-survivaltips.html">Financial tips for the newly laid off</a>


    State Cooperative Extension is always a good resource for information. Google [your state] Cooperative Extensinon for publications and links:
    <a href="http://www.extension.org/pages/Job+Loss+Affects+Children,+Too">Job loss affects children, too</a>


    An article from the <a href="http://career.studentaffairs.duke.edu/alumni/getadvice/onlineadvice/involuntary_job_seeker.html">Duke University career center</a>. Consider contacting the career center of your own college.


    An article on <a href="http://www.careerbuilder.com/JobSeeker/careerbytes/CBArticle.aspx?articleID=687&cbRecursionCnt=1&cbsid=5c80d47b0ec04b9e8d45ebdd13ab3052-271111104-VG-4&ns_siteid=ns_us_g_job_loss_resources">explaining your job loss to a prospective employer</a>.

    Question for the group: What's the best way to discuss job loss on your resume or in interviews?
  10. Jay Sherman

    Jay Sherman Member

    Cadet, this is a great thing that you are doing. Thanks, man.
    studthug12 likes this.
  11. Smartwriter

    Smartwriter Member


    NBA, WNBA, D-League jobs
  12. Barsuk

    Barsuk Active Member

    Not for everyone, but here's one for jobs in the golf industry.

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