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Fermilab Today Article — April 23, 2008

Help for laid-off Fermilab employees

Layoff Question?
Many employees will have questions about their individual situations in the event they receive layoff notices. At this stage, Fermilab's Human Resources staff lacks the resources to deal with hypothetical individual cases. (Employees who do receive layoff notices will have individual meetings with human resources and benefits specialists to discuss their specific situations.)
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Fermilab employees who lose their jobs as a result of the coming layoff will receive help in finding new jobs, as well as information about continuation of benefits, retirement, insurance, unemployment compensation and Social Security. At a Career Resources Center in Lisle, Lee Hecht Harrison, a career transition firm, will provide job-search services. At the same location, employees will have the opportunity to meet with benefits representatives, Illinois Department of Employment Security staff, insurance company representatives, Social Security experts and representatives of other agencies.

Lee Hecht Harrison will provide a range of career transition services:

  • workshops on job-search topics;
  • job search work teams;
  • meetings with a consultant for job search assistance;
  • workspaces with access to a computer, the Internet, a phone, office supplies, a fax machine and a copier.

The Career Resources Center will offer a program that includes individual sessions, group workshops, Web-based training and phone interactions. Starting with an orientation program, individuals can begin the career transition process. The program helps to evaluate individual skills and strengths; develop effective resumes; define and locate the right new job in the marketplace; provide effective interviewing skills; and evaluate criteria to select the best job offer.

Laid-off employees will have access to LHH's proprietary job search Web site to post resumes, access an exclusive Web-based job system, view job leads specifically for the Fermilab community; schedule workshops and individual sessions and complete Web-based training.

In addition to using career transition services, individuals may schedule meetings with a Fermilab benefits representative at the CRC office to discuss retirement and continuation of benefits. The CRC office will also host individual sessions and group seminars by the Illinois Department of Employment Security, TIAA-CREF, Fidelity, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Social Security and other agencies.

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