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Boosting Morale in An Iffy Economy

It's natural to feel anger and frustration after being laid off, but don't let your outlook ruin your job prospects

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The global job market may or may not be bouncing back, but plenty of engineers are still out of work and none too happy about it. The catch is that if you're job hunting, it's essential to maintain an upbeat attitude, career advisors say. So how do you keep your morale high even when times are tough?

"Maintain perspective," she adds. "Even long-term unemployment is a temporary setback. It's not your entire career, and it doesn't mean you're a failure. The good news is that employers are learning not to stigmatize people for losing their jobs, because they could be next. The employment landscape is such that sooner or later this happens to everybody." Hirsch and others say that by taking concrete steps to lift your outlook, you'll improve your job prospects, too.

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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