By Emma JohnsonGetting laid off can be paralyzing, especially when you have to start hunting for jobs, a task that can seem insurmountable. But when hope was dim for three women who fought to regain employment, they remained optimistic and applied their career skills to successfully land in new fields. Read on to see their advice about making new career moves.
Sarah Streeter37, Portland, OR
Life after the layoff: Went from full-time bank vice president to part-time website researcher/writer.
• Don't feel you have to settle. As a corporate executive, Sarah was used to a certain level of responsibility. She sought options that let her tap her high-level skills. "Part-time doesn't have to mean entry-level," she says.
• Put in the same effort. "Look for a part-time job the same way you would a full-time one," says Sarah. She researched the company, wrote a well-targeted cover letter, and thought about how to sell herself if she snagged an interview-and