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Professional Development: Overview
Surviving a Layoff

Elliot Schwartz

Editor's Note: Under the auspices of JOM, this presentation was recorded March 1st at the 1999 TMS Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, during the symposium Professional Development: Collaboration, Research, and Professional Skills. Sponsored by the TMS Young Leaders Committee, the symposium was organized by Elliot Schwartz, Gillette Company, and Livia Racz, Tufts University. Other papers from this symposium may be experienced by visiting June issue's table of contents.

Layoffs can occur under any economic conditions, including the favorable conditions that we are currently enjoying in the United States. Despite the lowest unemployment rates in decades, many engineering positions are being eliminated as part of downsizing at various companies. My recent experience with having my position eliminated and the resulting personal, financial, and professional issues will be discussed. The various aspects of my subsequent employment search to be detailed include working with an out-placement service, career assessment, resume preparation, networking, interviewing, and negotiation. Many useful employment search tips will be presented.


Elliot Schwartz is a research scientist with the Boston Research and Development Laboratory, Corporate Research and Development, Gillette Company.

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