Find new avenues for employment and an expanded skill set through job training. Open your options and create your own personal recovery act.
Step 1: Ask about retraining Ask your company's human resources department if they provide retraining resources or professional development through an outplacement firm.
Step 2: Seek more education Get a GED or strengthen your basic math, English, or reading skills through a local night school or adult-education program. Seek on-the-job training programs or apprenticeship opportunities in the community.
Step 3: Use One-Stop centers Get information from the U.S. Department of Labor's regional One-Stop Career Centers on job opportunities, or register for free classes on basic academic skills and computer training. Training programs vary from state to state.
TIP: Programs are available for victims of global competition and mass layoffs at nongovernmental facilities.
Step 4: Look into grants Look into non-union employee grants for low-cost or free education, which are often provided through professional associations, civic groups, community centers, and nonprofit organizations.
Step 5: Take advantage Take advantage of federal, state, and individual college and university financial aid and tuition reduction programs that are specifically designed for dislocated workers.
TIP: You might be eligible for 104 weeks of paid occupational training, remedial education, or literacy training, and a cash stipend for up to one year after unemployment benefits expire.
Step 6: Go into safety and health Train in programs aimed at identifying hazards and ensuring safety and health in the workplace provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Mine Safety Health Administration.
Step 7: Get federal jobs Join domestic and international federal service programs, like AmeriCorps, the Peace Corps, and Teach for America. Some offer awards applied to future classes, or forgive up to 70 percent of student loan debt. Get back to work and get on with your life.
FACT: The U.S. Secretary of Labor announced $55 million in green job grants, through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, to generate job training programs for displaced workers.