In a WSJ Career Turning Points article, Dawn Fallik offers strategies for keeping your skills sharp through a long layoff without breaking the bank.

  • – Stay connected to industry associations; check your membership rights – you may be able to continue on a reduced or free basis while out of work
  • – Attend industry or professional conferences
  • – Join local interest groups like the chamber of commerce
  • – Take classes – in person
  • – Consider entry level courses in a different discipline
  • – Add advanced skills through a certification program
  • – Check out state training programs
  • – Start a blog about your industry and connect more online