The Local Community and Lay offs

On Friday one of our well known tech companies in the SLC, UT area had to do some layoffs of some wonderful employees.  You can read about the changes in store for Kynetx here.  Having been through a layoff it’s never a good feeling.  At the same time it opens new doors and opportunities if you’re open and ready for them.  Thom Allen (Blog|Twitter) wrote me on twitter introducing me to @MikeFarmer on twitter this morning and asked if I knew anyone hiring. I decided to write up a quick blog post hopefully helping some of them out in what they can do to get a new position. Sometimes 140 characters is just not enough to say everything needed.  Here are some suggested things for a person that has been laid off can do.

Polish that resume

Make sure your resume is up to date with your latest experience/skills. Make sure it’s in a form that’s easy to email and post on websites.  Better yet if you have a blog or website list it there and link back to it from an email.

Blog

Blogging is a great way to get started on your experiences and give potential employers a spot to find information about you. Even if you haven’t started this already now is a great time to start so you can talk about your experiences at the company.  WordPress and Blogger are two very common platforms that you can have setup and running in minutes.

Social Networking

Twitter is a great start to get connected.  Thom wrote me on twitter this morning about Mike Farmer (Twitter) looking for work.  That inspired this post and I forwarded his information on to others as well.  Get social and more doors will be open to you.

Linked In

Another social networking aspect, get your resume uploaded there and start connecting with people in the community so you can get your name out there. They also have many discussion forums to look for positions.

Monster, Dice and Recruiters

Hit the pavement as they use to say, get out to the job sites (Monster, Dice etc…) and get your resume up on them.  Talk to the recruiters in our area or Technical recruiting firms like STG (they are hiring right now).  Tek Systems, Kforce and Robert Half and many others are out there willing to help.

These are just some of the things I can think of to do if you’re dealing with a layoff.  If you’re a company looking for Great talent check out these gentleman that were just laid off.

Mike Farmer Twitter = @mikeFarmer

Wade Billings Twitter = @Qwade

Jessie Morris Twitter = @JessieAMorris

Mike Grace Twitter = @MikeGrace

Utah Code Camp is coming up on March 19th as well.  This is a great chance to socialize with other companies and learn some new technologies perfect chance for someone laid off to get there name out there.

I know there were more laid off from Kynetx, please feel free to leave contact info in the comments or let me know and I’ll update the post.  I hope all of you get the chance to open new doors and work with some more great companies we have here around the community.

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