Braving the job market: Surviving a layoff

By Melanie Ruberti - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Between Gulfstream, JCB and long time Savannah resident Great Dane, hundreds, if not thousands, of people are suddenly hunting for new jobs. It's not only the big companies laying people off, but smaller ones too.

Mike Todd worked at the Tide Water Equipment Company, a forestry harvesting business out of Brunswick, for more than 15 years. When business started drying up, he knew the ax would fall, and it did. "'You ask yourself,' what now? What do I do now?' especially after 15 years," he said,"You wake up in the morning now, and you don't have a job to go to."

"It is not easy," said Julie Diebolt. "There is a lot of self doubt that goes with losing your job."

Julie Diebolt is a recruiter and coaches people on how to land that next job. She never realized, she too, might one day be on the other side of the table, in need of a new career. "You would think the HR manager would be savvy and have all their ducks in a row, and see it coming. I was totally blind sided," she said.

Julie worked in the human resources department at a local law firm for four years. She was laid off a month ago.

Suddenly, Julie and Mike joined the ranks of more than 7,000 others in the Coastal Empire, filing for unemployment and competing for jobs that can sometimes be few and far between. "It's not a simple process," explained Mike. "You look on the internet, there's jobs everywhere. All types of jobs. But, you could be over qualified for some and others are just way out of your realm."

"One of the things I am not the best at is marketing. I am not a sales person," Julie said. "But you have to become a sales person, and your product is you."

With the unemployment numbers growing, selling themselves through a resume may just be the most important lesson Mike and Julie learn in order to survive their layoffs and beat the recession. "You've got to make yourself different," said Mike. "You've got to make yourself stand out."

Doing that may mean tweaking your resume, or even writing more than one. On Tuesday, starting on The News at 5, we'll show you how the Career Center at the Department of Labor and one area church are helping people get back on the right track. They're helping them find jobs by training them before they even apply for a new career.

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