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How Google Can Help You Avoid Layoffs and Sidestep Bad Jobs

The last thing you want to do is land a job with a company that needs to lay off staff. You may be conducting a new job search much too soon! So do this research as part of your interview preparation, and then possibly do a double-check before you accept a job offer.

You have no guarantees, of course, but Google may find signs of recent or pending layoffs. Basically, you’re looking for bad news.

Do these searches:

“employer name” (~layoff OR “laid off”)
“employer name” layoff *
“employer name” “~head count reduction”
“employer name” “closing *”
“employer name” “resigned unexpectedly”
“employer name” ~losses
“employer name” “ending production”
“employer name” restructuring
“employer name” “acquired by *”
“employer name” “indicted”

If Google shows you bad news, double-check that the timing of the bad news is new news. This research also enables you to carefully ask about what’s planned for the company’s future.

When you are employed, tracking this kind of information can be helpful for your own self-defense so that you aren’t the proverbial last person jumping off a sinking ship.

Sometimes job postings aren’t genuine. When you find a job posting that looks promising but is listed by an employer you’ve never heard of, use Google to do your own verification that the job is real before you entrust the company with your resume or fill out an application.

Search for the employer name. If all Google shows you are job postings — no employer website, no employees on LinkedIn, no products or services for sale — neither the employer nor the job are likely real.

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