Surviving a Layoff

by Stephen F. Maher, Senior Program Officer; NCHRP Research Syntheses, Transportation Research Board, Green Building, 3rd floor, 2001 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20007,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1995, Vol. 65, Issue 6, Pg. 68-70


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: A layoff can happen to anyone in an organization, from an entry level draftsperson or technician up to the President. In these days of budget cutting and downsizing, any day could be your last on the job. No matter how secure your position seems, keep your resume updated, always have several strong references you can count on in the back of your mind, and network on a frequent basis through society, association or other professional activities. Drawing from his own experience, the author offers advice on how to conduct a job search, from setting goals for the next job, to assembling a strong resume, interviewing, and maintaining your focus.

Subject Headings: Employment | Professional development

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