Transition 101

Graving Dock To help you transition from your current job and further your career, we have identified a series of steps you can take to manage this change.

Quick checklist to prepare for:

After notice of being At-Risk (pdf 44.0 kb)
Once you have received a formal written layoff notice (pdf 272 kb)
Berfore leaving state service (pdf 60 kb )

1. Prepare for the layoff

  • File for unemployment
    If you've received your layoff letter, before starting the job hunt, take care of unemployment first. Filing a claim online is relatively quick and the Employment Security Department now has online videos to help you with filing a claim. Unemployment benefits are meant as a financial cushion, not a paycheck replacement. Unemployment payments will help you make ends meet during your job search. 
  • Assess your spending habits  
    Even if you've not yet received your formal layoff letter, assessing your spending habits and trying to reduce debt is always a good idea. The State Department of Financial Institutions has a lot of information on how to get smart with your money, how to deal with possible home foreclosures and many more. The Washington State Employees Credit Union also offers a calendar of classes that will help you with financial security and planning. The bottom line is to cut out any unneeded expenses.   

2. Prepare for a new job or career

  • Evaluate what you want
    For many, you love your job and want to stay in the same line of work. For others, you may want to think about using this as an opportunity to get into a new line of work. Many of the state's colleges and universities offer "Work Retraining" and financial aid for workers who have been laid off during the past 24 months. Employment Security may also extend your benefits while going through Worker Retraining. If a new career is something you would like to consider, we recommend speaking with a WorkSource consultant.
  • Use the resources available to you
    Finding a job can be very time consuming and frustrating, but it doesn't have to be. As a WSDOT Employee affected by layoff, there are many different resources available especially for you.
    Contact us to get your name on the Internal Layoff List, the Statewide Layoff List and the General Government Transition Pool (GGTP) if you haven't done so already.
    Use this website and our Career Transition Services staff to help you:
    1.  Find and apply for open job opportunities
    2.  Redo your resume and cover letter
    3.  Navigate the electronic recruitment world
    4.  Prepare for an interview
    5.  Get 1:1 help fine-tuning your employment package
    6.  Learn about current job hunting tips and techniques

3. Stay positive

  • Don't confuse layoffs with firing
    Don't blame yourself for something you could not control. The State of Washington is facing the largest economic downturn since the Great Depression. Layoffs during these times are inevitable, and occur based on seniority.
  • Keep in mind that many people find new jobs within a month or two
    You are already your way to getting a new job because you are using available resources to help you.
  • Talk about the stress and anxiety that you're feeling
    The Employee Assistance Program is a free, confidential service for all state employees and they are trained professionals who are there to help you in tough times like these.
  • Maintain a positive outlook
    A positive outlook on this job hunt will not only help your wellbeing, it will also show during the interview and increase your chances of obtaining a new and rewarding career.