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By Rhonda Campbell

Layoffs occur even when economies are strong, and that much more frequently during economic downturns. If you know how to respond to company layoffs, you can position yourself for growth and increased career opportunities. You can also serve as an example to others that it’s possible to bounce back with a renewed passion for career growth, opportunity and dedication after a layoff.

Employers Struggle to Find Qualified Workers to Fill Vacant Jobs

In its November 3, 2011 “Job Market Forecast Calls for Increased Layoffs” report, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) shared that job cuts in the service and manufacturing sectors were expected to increase at the close of the year. Oddly, recruiting to fill vacant jobs in these industries was expected to be tough. Jennifer Schramm, SHRM’s workplace trends and forecasting program manager said, “Considering that millions of people are actively seeking work and still cannot obtain employment in their industries, the rise in recruiting difficulty may be attributed to new or enhanced skill requirements for newly created, high-level jobs.”

As you seek new employment, this is just one way that you can leverage your talents, skills and abilities to land new jobs. The fact that employers are struggling to find qualified workers is also an indication that you can bounce back after a layoff. To help you do this, the following are key strategies and action steps you can take should you experience a layoff.

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