Web Site Offers Job Loss Resources

Web Site Offers Job Loss Resources

By Alexis BlueUniversity Communications
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University of Arizona employees facing job losses or changes can get a hand in planning their next steps from a new Web site created by Human Resources.

The career transition Web site, launched in March, serves as a central resource hub, providing employees information on a variety of career tools, including advising, professional development workshops, financial information, stress management resources and job separation information, as well as help with creating a resume and interviewing. The site provides access to information about existing on-campus resources, like the UA "Job Separation Checklist/FAQs," as well as links to external resources, like consumer credit counseling services and job search Web sites.

Demand for HR career services such as employee advising has increased significantly this semester as the University's budget situation has become more critical, said Leslie Porter, director of recruitment and employee advising for HR. The UA faces an estimated $76 million cut in state funding this year, and President Robert N. Shelton has said some 600 positions on campus will need to be eliminated as a result.

While many of those job eliminations will come from unfilled positions, feelings of uncertainty remain, Porter said. 

"At this time there's a high degree of anxiety," Porter said. "We did a focused Web site to provide one-stop shopping for employees managing their careers."

HR is also providing some new services. For the first time, employees are now able to schedule one-on-one advising appointments online through the site. "After-hours" career management workshops also are being held for those who can't make it to workshops scheduled during the regular workday.

While the Web site was created specifically with employees facing job losses in mind, it is beneficial for all University employees, Porter said. 

"I always tell people, no matter how secure they are they should always have an updated, active resume and a plan," Porter said.

As the University's structure continues to change as a result of budget cuts and the ongoing Transformation Plan, the majority of employees will continue to work on campus but may see their roles or job functions change, and resources are available on the Web site to help with those kinds of transitions as well, Porter said.

She said that for anyone preparing for career change or growth, the first step is to do a self-assessment of your skills, tendencies and goals to determine where you should go or what you should do to meet your professional needs.

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