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High-end retailer Neiman Marcus recently filed for bankruptcy. How will this announcement affect their employees, many of whom have been furloughed due to COVID-19?


For all current Neiman Marcus employees and other retail employees dealing with furloughs and potential layoffs, this is what you should be doing to prepare for the worst.

1. Update Your Resume & LinkedIn Profile

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The first thing all furloughed Neiman Marcus employees should do is update their resume and LinkedIn profile. There is so much uncertainty right now, especially in the retail industry, that you can never be too prepared.

Make sure your resume is easy to read and contains your hard skills, including any transferable skills. It's also important to optimize your LinkedIn profile so recruiters and hiring managers can find you when they search for the skills and experience they need for a certain position.

If you get the news as a furloughed employee that you're not coming back to your Neiman Marcus job, you'll want to have your career materials in order so you can start your job search as soon as possible.

2. Leverage Your Network

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In addition to updating their resume and LinkedIn profile, furloughed Neiman Marcus employees should be leveraging their network during this time, in case they don't get their jobs back. Not sure how to leverage your network? Here are some steps you can follow:

  1. Create an interview bucket list
  2. Reach out to employees at these organizations
  3. Utilize your new and old connections to help you get your resume past the ATS

Your interview bucket list is 10 "dream" companies you'd love to work for some day. After you've identified these 10 companies, reach out to the connections you already have at these organizations, or try to make new connections. When it comes time for you to look for a new job, you'll then be able to leverage your network to get your resume past the ATS and into the hands of the hiring manager at whichever "dream" company you're applying to.

This strategy is the most effective way to find a new job. For furloughed Neiman Marcus employees or other furloughed retail workers, it can be a lifesaver when the future is so uncertain. Follow these steps if you get laid off, and you'll land another great opportunity in no time.

3. Reach Out To Other People In Your Industry

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Outside of your interview bucket list, you should also be reaching out to people in your industry. Maybe you don't have the right skills or experience to get a job at any of your dream companies yet. That's okay. Chances are, someone in your network knows of a great opportunity or two and would be more than happy to refer you.

So, don't be shy. Reach out to others in your industry (on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, or where ever you have these connections) and touch base to see how things are going for them. You'll be glad you did.

As Neiman Marcus files for bankruptcy during the COVID-19 pandemic, it's only a matter of time before other retailers follow suit. If you're a furloughed Neiman Marcus employee worried about getting laid off, these tips will help you navigate this uncertain time and prepare you for whatever happens in your career.


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Inspiration lacking this Monday morning? On the job search and feeling blue? Stuck in a career you hate? Not sure what success means to you? You're not alone. Grab a nice, warm cup of coffee and let us help you out.

Light your inner fire with these inspirational career quotes:

What Are Professional Quotes? 

Professional quotes motivate and inspire you to become the best professional you can be in your career. They remind you that you can achieve what you want to achieve. What does success look like to you? If you ever need some inspiration, read these quotes...

What Are The Best Inspirational Quotes For Professionals?


  1. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." —Confucius
  2. “It's not what you achieve, it's what you overcome. That's what defines your career." —Carlton Fisk
  3. “Work to become, not to acquire." —Elbert Hubbard
  4. “Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it." —Katherine Whitehorn
  5. "I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." —Michael Jordan
  6. "Failure doesn't mean you are a failure it just means you haven't succeeded yet." —Robert H. Schuller
  7. "The best way to predict the future is to create it." —Abraham Lincoln
  8. "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." —Thomas A. Edison
  9. "I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career. You learn a lot from it." —Lou Holtz
  10. "I want to look back on my career and be proud of the work, and be proud that I tried everything." —Jon Stewart
  11. "Dreams are extremely important. You can't do it unless you imagine it." —George Lucas
  12. "If you can DREAM it, you can DO it." —Walt Disney
  13. "Desire! That's the one secret of every man's career. Not education. Not being born with hidden talents. Desire." —Johnny Carson
  14. "I can not do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do the something that I can do." —Helen Keller
  15. "A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory." —Arthur Golden
  16. "It's not the days in your life, but the life in your days that counts." —Brian White
  17. "Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom." —General George Patton
  18. "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." —Albert Einstein
  19. "Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment." —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  20. "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure." —Mark Twain
  21. "You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do." —Confucius

1. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." —Confucius

Inspirational Career Quotes Confucius


2. “It's not what you achieve, it's what you overcome. That's what defines your career." —Carlton Fisk

Inspirational Career Quotes Carlton Fisk


3. “Work to become, not to acquire." —Elbert Hubbard

Inspirational Work Quotes


4. “Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it." —Katherine Whitehorn

Inspirational Work Quotes


5. "I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." —Michael Jordan

Inspirational Career Quotes Michael Jordan


6. "Failure doesn't mean you are a failure it just means you haven't succeeded yet." —Robert H. Schuller

Inspirational Quotes About Failure


7. "The best way to predict the future is to create it." —Abraham Lincoln

Inspirational Abraham Lincoln Quotes


8. "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." —Thomas A. Edison

Inspirational Thomas Edison Quotes


9. "I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career. You learn a lot from it." —Lou Holtz

Inspirational Career Quotes


10. "I want to look back on my career and be proud of the work, and be proud that I tried everything." —Jon Stewart

Inspirational Career Quotes Jon Stewart


11. "Dreams are extremely important. You can't do it unless you imagine it." —George Lucas

Inspirational Quotes George Lucas


12. "If you can DREAM it, you can DO it." —Walt Disney

Inspirational Walt Disney Quotes


13. "Desire! That's the one secret of every man's career. Not education. Not being born with hidden talents. Desire." —Johnny Carson

Inspirational Career Quotes


14. "I can not do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do the something that I can do." —Helen Keller

Inspirational Career Quotes


15. "A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory." —Arthur Golden

Inspirational Career Quotes


16. "It's not the days in your life, but the life in your days that counts." —Brian White

Inspirational Quotes About Life


17. "Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom." —General George Patton

Inspirational Quotes About Success


18. "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." —Albert Einstein

Inspirational Albert Einstein Quotes


19. "Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment." —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Inspirational Career Quotes Ralph Waldo Emerson


20. "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure." —Mark Twain

Inspirational Career Quotes About Success


21. "You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do." —Confucius

Inspirational Career Quotes Confucius

We hope these quotes motivated you. Please share with someone you know who needs a little inspiration right now.

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