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Preparing For Furlough “I’m sorry, but we have to let you go.”

Even if you are miserable at work, these 10 words will floor you, if not, change your life.
As a professional resume writer and job coach, I have witnessed the shock and depression that hits my client’s when they are laid-off. For many, there is a sense of desperation as they did not have a “what if plan”. While this has always been a wise action, today, it is downright essential. Here are some action steps to take now, so you can be as prepared as possible, if or when you hear these words.
• Twice a year, update your resume and, if applicable, your LinkedIn profile; this way you will not have to recall your diamond quality accomplishments from memory. Also, bear in mind—less is more.  We are living in a world where we build relationships via text. Long gone are the days of “patient readers,” especially those who are getting a tsunami of resumes for each vacancy.
• Start using LinkedIn as if you are anticipating the axe may fall. Consider things such as building a network of connections with people who work for your competitors. Read posts and articles that seem to be drawing attention and write thoughtful comments that might make others want to join your network. Connect with alumni from the schools you attended and be visible in any associations you belong to. Maybe write a short article about a trend in your industry and invite others to share what they see. By doing these activities now, you avoid a great deal of awkwardness that many job seekers feel when trying to reconnect or rekindle long dormant relationships; those that could lead to job opportunities.
• Continuously remain aware of what is going on in the job market. This way, if your phone should ring it will give you additional experience in both telephone and possibly even face-to-face interviews for when the time comes. If you are at a high enough organizational level, try to get on the radar screen of headhunters that specialize in your industry or the type of position you would be after. This idea of getting out there and landing an interview is a must, if you have been in the “organizational cocoon,” or gone 10 years or more without an interview.
• Build your accept and turn down list. Depending on the type of job you are looking for, it can be months until you even land a phone interview. With millions out of work, and not much momentum behind new job creation, I have seen my clients become so distressed that they become desperate. Minus a well thought out understanding of why to accept or turn down an offer, they all too frequently take a job, only to find themselves so unhappy that they now must start all over. Desperation beats good judgement all the time.
• If you are thinking that your job loss has opened up the opportunity for a truly drastic career transition, that is great. However, if you have not been acquiring the skills and experience to go from being a lifetime sales professional to the owner of your dream sales consulting business, for example, you may find this both difficult and emotionally draining.
Having heard, “I’m so sorry but we have to let you go,” I have been caught completely unprepared and do not want you to have a similar experience. Best of luck to all of you who are looking for your next opportunity!
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(Family Features) Laying out on the beach and floating in the pool are true hallmarks of summer. A good book, however, can elevate these relaxing experiences to a new level.

Whether you find yourself looking for a beach read, a book for the pool or something to help you escape while lounging on the couch with the windows open, these sizzling summer reads offer something for nearly every type of reader. From suspense to romance and adventure, you don’t want to miss these books this summer.

Some Secrets Aren’t Meant to Be Shared

From author Meg Mitchell Moore comes a warm, witty and suspenseful novel filled with small-town secrets, summer romance, big time lies and spiked seltzer. In “Two Truths and A Lie” the leader of an idyllic beach town “mom squad” has made surprising effort to include a new resident and her daughter in typically closed-group activities, though they’re not the only ones she’s been spending more time with. A blend of propulsive thriller and gorgeous summer read, Moore’s latest novel is a reminder that happiness isn’t always a day at the beach, some secrets aren’t meant to be shared and the most precious things are loved ones.

Romantic Adventure Proves Anything Can Happen

No. 1 “New York Times” bestseller Susan Elizabeth Phillips returns to her Chicago Stars series with a romance between a quarterback and one of the world’s greatest opera singers – and a major diva – in “When Stars Collide.” It’s Mozart meets Monday night football as the temperamental soprano and stubborn jock embark on a nationwide tour promoting a luxury watch brand, they engage in soul-searching, trash talk and backstage drama. Threatening letters, haunting photographs and a series of dangerous encounters also complicate their lives and make them wonder if it’s the work of an overzealous fan or something more sinister.

Transatlantic Love Story Raises the Royal Stakes

“New York Times” and “USA Today” bestselling author Alyssa Cole’s second Runaway Royals novel, “How to Find a Princess,” is an Anastasia-inspired romance featuring a long-lost princess who finds love with the female investigator tasked with tracking her down. When a threat to her grandmother’s livelihood pushes the princess to return to Ibarania, the investigator takes her on a transatlantic adventure. When they finally make it, they realize there’s more at stake than just cash and crown, and the princess must learn what it means to fight for what she desires rather than what she feels bound to by duty.

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