WASHINGTON, D.C. —
A: I would imagine PR firms, communications firms, the sports apparel industry, etc., would all be natural fits for you. In this case, your previous expertise as an athlete would come in handy. What about contacts you may have from your professional sports days? Can you use them for networks and job hunting? Generally, many in sports have contacts that can help them in other disciplines. Make sure all of these contacts know what you are looking for and by when.
If you are looking for a career in a totally different field, then it might be tougher to show transferability. But, you can still do it. In fact, the Labor Department has a site called Career OneStop where you can see career fields relevant and training needed for those careers. The National Business Services Alliance also has a job match survey that you can take (called Job Match) to help you figure out how your work interests relate to various jobs (where the best fit is). Take advantage of these resources so that you can show potential employers that your skills are transferable.
Q: What actions can you recommend taking for a federal employee who could, potentially, be facing losing their job because of the sequestration? What should they be doing now vs. (if it happens) when laid off?
A: I always suggest that everyone should have an updated resume so that they are marketable at all times. It's not that we want to leave our firms, but we need to be prepared and realistic about how we are viewed in today's marketplace. I would also check your online identity based on your social media footprint. What do your network or connections look like? You will want to have a presence in social media so you can more quickly call out to your network. Attend professional meetings or conferences if you are not already doing this, just so you can connect with individuals in your field.