Recession Got You Down? Don't React -- ACT!

Expert Shows How to Stay Ahead of Business Goals and Job Market

PLANO, TX--(Marketwire - March 16, 2009) - Recently, new jobless claims soared to a more than 26-year high and record number of Americans are receiving jobless benefits, according to Labor Department data. As workers continue to outnumber jobs in the marketplace, human resources consultant, speaker and author Connie Podesta has practical advice on how to deal with lay-offs and a changing job market.

"There are two ways of looking at a crisis," Podesta said. "We can become paralyzed and feel like a victim, or take the opportunity to take aggressive action to move in a different direction."

Podesta's tips include:

--  Take charge of your personal life -- CEOs want people working for them
    who come to work ready to get the job done -- people whose personal life is
    stable and healthy enough that they can direct their attention and energy
    to their work.
--  Demonstrate your added value -- Employees have to recognize that every
    one of their decisions, ideas, actions, and plans must be linked to the
    long-term financial stability and growth of their company.
--  Have a positive impact -- Employers do not have the right to evaluate
    our inner attitudes, beliefs, and feelings, but they DO have the right to
    evaluate how we perform on paid work time as a result of those attitudes,
    beliefs, and feelings.
--  Embrace and initiate change -- Employers will keep employees who can
    adapt to all the changes their organization is going through with
    professionalism, determination, and optimism. They need employees who are
    resilient enough to face change boldly without resorting to complaints,
    apathy, anger, or fear.
--  Work smarter, harder, faster and better -- One manager stated, "Which
    employee would I keep? Why, of course, the one who can get a quality job
    done -- on time."
--  Communicate openly and directly -- Employers want people who can most
    effectively communicate their needs, preferences, ideas, and feelings to
    their customers, co-workers, and management team without manipulation and
    game playing.

About Connie Podesta

For more than 25 years Connie Podesta has been a business consultant, speaker and author ( With her blend of right-on-target advice and humor, she has helped thousands of groups and many more individuals find more health, wealth, success, and happiness in both their personal and professional lives.

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