Post-layoff Plan – 7 Top Tips

Today, I got Newletter from for the Month of June, 2009 and I read a really interesting post in it regarding Recession and Layoffs. Its about how you move after layoff and what should be your right plan. I just want to share summary of its 7 Top Tips of Post-Layoff Plan on my blog 

Tip 1: Make sure you are fully comfortable with the fact that getting laid off is neither a disgrace nor a crime

Even the most seasoned and talented executives at some of the world’s most prestigious companies have not managed to maintain their roles during the globally mounting wave of layoffs. It’s not exclusively you, an enormous number of working professionals worldwide have been affected.

Tip 2: Weigh up your Finances

Calculate how long exactly your funds will allow you to stay out of a job. It is crucial for you to get that figured out early on in order to avoid surprises and unpleasant hurdles later on. Keep in mind that being on a budget does not have to be a punishment: view it rather as a provisional pre-emptive measure that will allow you to take more control of your personal and household spending for as long as you need.

Tip 3: Assess your Career Objectives

Take the time to perform a “Career Aspiration Analysis”: Undergo a couple of self assessment quizzes, (many good ones available on the Middle East’s #1 jobs site dissect every detail of every job task you enjoyed or resented, examine the set of exceptional skills that you possess. Only once all the above has been accomplished, will you be in an ideal position to select your target employer niche and engage in an effective plan to achieve your chosen career goal.

Tip 4: Update your resume

You are now fully aware of the kind of job and the kind of employer that you wish to target. You also have an outstanding assortment of key skills that you need to highlight without a doubt. Reshuffle your resume with only one thing in mind: “I am the best candidate for this job and the best candidate for this company”! You know it, we know it, let the employer know it. Make it visible in your career objective statement, your career highlights and your list of skills… Be Remarkable, show that you add value and let your CV stand out!

Tip 5: Set layoff objectives

Your resume is ready! You now need to set actual objectives; you need to engineer a layoff calendar of sorts. Being out of a job does not mean you have earned the right to completely halt being productive. As a matter of fact, what you have earned is a brand new title: “Proactive Job Hunter”, meaning you’re on a full time schedule, 5 days a week with 2 days off for the weekend, just like any other working professional you know. Make the job hunt your full time job, set daily and weekly targets for yourself and make it a point to meet these targets

Tip 6: Consider complementing your exceptional skills

Being on the job hunt does not mean your professional development needs to pause. By all means let the self growth and life-long learning continue! Do you think for your newly targeted role, you lack a few skills needed to complement the bouquet of key professional skills that you possess? You can now begin to devote a certain amount of time on a daily or weekly basis to build on the skills that will make you stand out. If anything your commitment to learning and skills acquisition should be stepped up now that you have the luxury of more flexible timing.

Tip 7: Follow a wise networking strategy

A “proactive job hunter” is naturally entitled to lighten up and unwind after a fruitful day of hardcore job search. Unwind wisely! Don’t miss out on family reunions, friends’ gatherings or professional seminars if you wish to, but keep in mind that every networking opportunity can also be a business opportunity (or placement opportunity in your case). Market yourself astutely as the high-flier professional that you are, get the right contacts and get to work professionally following up on every promise and point of contact the following day!

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Job Openings @ Mentor Graphics Pakistan

Company Profile:

Mentor Graphics® is a leader in electronic design automation. We enable companies to develop better electronic products faster and more cost-effectively. Our innovative products and solutions help engineers conquer design challenges in the increasingly complex worlds of board and chip design. 

  • Publicly held (NASDAQ: MENT)
  • Founded 1981, headquartered in Wilsonville, Oregon
  • Approximately 4,500 employees worldwide
  • Revenue in last reported 12 months: about $800 million
  • Over 70 offices worldwide

 Experienced Software Development Engineer 

Total Positions: 1
Job Type:  Regular (full time)
Job Location:  Lahore
Minimum Education: Bachelors in CS/CE/EE
Minimum Experience: 5 Year(s)
Career Level:  Mid-Level Experienced (non-manager – Grade 5)

Job Description:

 It is a mid-level position

  • You’ll be working on the development and maintenance of Mentor Graphics state of the art embedded development tools.
  • Your initial assignment would be to work on a Simulation tool called ‘SimTest’. You can find useful information related to SimTest on our company website.
  • Your work will include development using C/C++ on Windows and Linux platforms.
  • You will be working with on-shore engineering and non-engineering teams in other countries.

 Skills Required:

 Experienced in using C/C++ on Windows and Linux platforms.

  • Experienced in developing complex multi-threaded desktop applications and servers (Win32 Programming is a must).
  • Experienced in designing and developing applications using Object Oriented techniques.
  • Experienced in managing projects and teams.
  • Strong communication skills in English. Experience of working with teams outside Pakistan would be a plus.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent knowledge in the area of computer architecture, real time operating systems and embedded systems.

How to Apply:

Please send your CV to us by email or post using the following information:


Postal Address: Floors 1-2-3 OSN Center Cavalry Ground Commercial Area Lahore Cantt. Lahore

Online Pakistani Videos Website

Yesterday I got marketing email from Today I visited the website and found it interesting. There is collection of pakistani videos and it seems that they are regularly updating the latest important videos about Pakistan. It has simple interface and currently has more than 8k videos. You can watch as well as upload your own videos.

I really like the website  and thought to share it here on my blog.

Visit – Pakistan’s Premier Online Video Sharing Website

Job at Iqbal Consulting – Islamabad

Sales Executive Required

Iqbal Consulting has fulltime position for Sale Executive in Islamabad. The candidates must having good communication skills and computer software knowledge.

There is outstanding potential for learning, and career growth. You may send us your resume on email –

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(I have posted this job with due permission from concerned person and the purpose is just to help people looking for jobs in this time of recession.)

Jobs at Computer Research Pvt. Limited – Karachi

I have been in conversation with HR Manager of Computer Research Pvt. Limited and came to know that they are looking for experienced resources in few areas. They need all following mentioned resources on urgent basis. All mentioned jobs are karachi based. Apply through their website

Post Name: Technical Writer 
Objective: To develop the state-of-art documentation needed for ERP Implementation
Expertise: Good command on Written English Excellent knowledge of Office Tools Experience of working in CMMI
Experience: 1-3 years experience in similar capacity
Qualification: Graduate

PostName: QA Expert 
Objective: To ensure development of bug-free software
Expertise: Knowledge of QA tools Expertise of QA software Knowledge of ERP workimg desireable
Experience: 1-2 years in similar capacity
Qualification: Graduate

PostName: Senir Software Engineer for Oracle 
Objective: one for Replacement & two for development of new modules
Expertise: Oracle Development Environment (Developer2000 and IDS) Good Communication Skill Knowledge about ER
Experience: 1-3 years as Senior Software Engineer in Oracle Dvelopment Environment
Qualification: Minimum Graduate OCP desirable

PostName: Team Lead for ERP 
Objective: Development & Implementation of new functionalities in ERP
Expertise: Leading team for Development, Maintenance and Implementation of Systems developed in Oracle Good
Experience: 2-4 years experience of Development, Maintenance and Implementation of System developed in Oracle
Qualification: Graduate Preferably OCP


PSEB has extented date for Applications for ITCN Asia 2009. Previously closing date was 5th May. Now they are accepting applications till 5th of June, 2009. Details of the event and application process are as follows

Pakistan’s Premier Annual IT and Telecom Show “ITCN ASIA 2009” is going to be held at Karachi Expo Center from 11-13 August, 2009. This exhibition provides a unique platform to the IT companies to showcase their products and services, to engage in business networking.

Expressions of Interest are invited from member IT companies to participate in ITCN Asia 2009. A wide range of IT and Telecom Products, Solutions and Services will be promoted in this event which has taken place annually for the last consecutive 8 years.

PSEB negotiated a special price of Rs. 60,000/- per 9 sqm (3 x 3 sqm) customized shell stall for its member companies including furniture. After availing 50% subsidy from PSEB, each company will have to pay Rs 30,000/- only.

Member companies are invited to submit their expressions of interest along with the following:

  • Objective Statement (explaining: Why do you want to participate in this particular event)
  • Demand draft of PKR 30,000 in favor of PSEB (Refundable in case of non selection and non refundable in case of withdrawal at any stage).
  • Duly filled-in application forms.
  • Signed TORs.

Application forms and TORs are available at the following link:

The companies will be selected for participation in this event on the basis of the above requested documentation. Kindly submit your EOI, bank draft along with the above mentioned documents to the undersigned before 5th of June, 2009.