Q: I have been in my job for 12 years. Recently I was told that my job will be phased out by the end of the year. I live on cape cod and do not wish to relocate at this time but am unsure of the opportunities on the cape. Any thoughts?
A: I am sorry to hear that you will be losing your job at year-end. Thankfully you have been given some notice and have some time to develop a plan for your job search.
Your job search should begin now. Dust off and update your resume. There are thousands of well-formatted resumes online for you to review all over the internet. Boston.com has quite a bit of helpful information for job seekers under the Jobs tab of boston.com. Visit http://www.boston.com/jobs. There is even a free resume builder tool available for job seekers.
Begin networking and contact colleagues, neighbors and friends. Let them know you are beginning to search for a new job. Get active on Linkedin. Re-connect with colleagues and former co-workers. Join groups on Linkedin related to your industry and specific to the cape cod area. Your personal and professional contacts are the best source for finding out about new roles. Linkedin even has a few cape cod-specific groups.
Limiting your search to cape cod could also limit your opportunities but it depends upon a number of factors, including your level and your industry. Think about whether you could at least expand your search to include south shore.
Research cape cod (and perhaps south shore) networking groups. Join professional association groups specific to your career. If you are committed to remaining on the cape, you may have to consider other industries or professions. A few cape-specific sites to visit include www.capecodchamber.org, www.capeevents.com, www.capecodyoungprofessionals.com and cape-cod.meetup.com.