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Do whatever it takes to work

Are you worried about being laid off or has it already happened? Are you rattled because of how the future looks and unsure of how to take control of your situation? Let’s talk about surviving this tough economic time.

Set a 30− to 60−day work goal. If you are working and have not been laid off, share this goal with your boss. It will create positive energy and force you to meet goals. If you have been laid off, update your professional skills. Take a class or read a book tailored to your career.

Attend networking functions, which can help you make new contacts for your present job and⁄or help you find a new one. Work harder to keep your job or find another one. Do not bad mouth anyone. The world has become a small place and you never know when your mouth could have you in front of a person you had less than nice things to say about who is your boss.

If working, go in positive every day with the attitude that things will get better. If looking for a job, have the attitude that you would like to be the person who can start that “productive fire.”

Take a long and realistic look at your finances. If employed, look at how you could put in more hours to substitute for a pay cut or get a second job if your current job is cutting back. If unemployed, look at your needs versus your wants.

So How’s Business regarding surviving the current job market? Make an impact every day. If working, tackle a new project or put in a few extra hours. If hunting for a job, have the attitude that you are an asset to whoever hires you. A lot of people are hiring, but they are looking for the best because even the best are looking for jobs. Be the best and stay confident that you are good at what you do.

Reach Joe Palumbo at 516−248−0256 or

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